“Schikane der Italiener”

138 Menschen kauerten an Deck der Seefuchs, eines nur 26 Meter langen Rettungsschiffs im Mittelmeer. Ohne Schutz vor der Sonne während des Tages, oder vor der Kälte in der Nacht, berichtet der Berliner Seenotretter und Grünenpolitiker Erik Marquardt. Er ist Teil der Besatzung.  

“We leave behind a deadly gap in the Mediterranean”

German NGO halts refugee rescue operations off Libya A German aid group said it was suspending its refugee rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea citing security concerns after Libya barred foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast. Sunday’s announcement comes a day after Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it was halting the[…]

Refugee aid workers put to sea with second ship

By Ulli Scherr  The new, second ship of Regensburg refugee rescue organisation “Sea-Eye” has left for its first patrolling journey off the Libyan coast in order to help refugees in distress. The accusations of the Italian judiciary against the refugee aid workers have been cleared up. The organisation bought the 60-year-old fishing cutter “Seefuchs” a[…]

Staring death in the face 

Rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean: Ammertal man lives through dramatic events  Two weeks in the Mediterranean: Johann Hautmann from Wurmansau, Germany, has returned from his rescue mission. His experiences are forever engraved in his memory. “When you have looked at their faces only once…,” Johann Hautmann says. Only when you have seen the utterly exhausted[…]

Fighting a watery death 

Petra Oeckler  (Mission 3): This is how I experienced the drama in the Mediterranean   Tripolis/ Ebensfeld. Easter Sunday in the Mediterranean, 18 nautical miles off the coast of Libya. The rescue ship Sea-Eye is running on emergency power after a smoldering fire and is heading towards its home port Valetta. Then the crew get[…]

Rescuers again save thousands of boat refugees

There are incidents currently taking place in the Mediterranean that private rescue organisations have never experienced quite like that: within 48 hours they saved thousands of people from distress. Due to the good weather, numbers are likely to increase. Within 48 hours, private rescue organisations in the Mediterranean have rescued several thousand people from extremely[…]

Sea rescue workers in the Mediterranean outraged about “absurd” criticism

These days, critical voices against volunteer rescue operations in the Mediterranean are growing louder. Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz recently demanded that the “NGO madness” be stopped. The rescue workers firmly reject his accusations. Vienna/Berlin. The rescue organisations which are on mission in the Mediterranean to rescue refugees in distress, are facing increasing criticism. The recent[…]

Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz attacks work of sea rescuers – they react with dismay.

– Every day private aid workers rescue refugees in the Mediterranean; – Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz harshly criticises the commitment of the sea rescuers; – His absurd reasoning: their work causes more refugees to die in the Mediterranean. For many refugees the Mediterranean has turned into a wet grave. Including last Friday. After several shipwrecks[…]

Skilled manual worker from Cologne joined rescue mission.

Moritz (36) signed up on rescue cutter. By Philipp J. Meckert Cologne. “I am taking along the conviction that I am doing something that is important and right. I want to save people from certain death in the Mediterranean,” says Moritz Zinkernagel, independent builder from Cologne. The 36-year-old signed up for the Sea-Eye’s ongoing mission.[…]

“We are not a taxi for refugees”

By Lena Klimkeit and Annette Reither. In dozens of meetings politicians have been discussing how to stop the influx of migrants into Europe. Far away from that scene, sea rescuers are fighting against the misery at sea. But attitudes in society have changed. Donations are lacking. Hate is arriving. “Be strong and stay strong. We[…]

“The alternative option would be to let people drown.”

Sea-Eye has already rescued more than 5,500 people in the Mediterranean – and is occasionally treated with hostility, says Hans-Peter Buschheuer. Are you assisting trafficking gangs with the Sea-Eye? No, of course not. That is a political accusation, which we get from the political right wing, but also from Frontex. After all, the alternative option[…]

Medical doctor from Dresden rescues refugees in distress.

By Katrin Richter. Dresden. At the end of March medical doctor Maximilian Richter will take a trip to the Mediterranean. There the rescue boat Sea-Eye is cruising off the Libyan coast. The only task of the re-equipped fishing cutter is to rescue refugees in distress and to call for help. We spoke with the 31-year-old[…]

“Thousands of people have drowned”

By Karlheinz Fahlbusch. Meßkirch, Germany. Thomas Nuding about his rescue mission in the Mediterranean. He will work as skipper on the ‘Sea-Eye‘. There are 60 to 80 million refugees globally. In order to help them, “aid organisations are necessary because politicians everywhere keep out of the issue,” Thomas Nuding says. During a presentation in the[…]

Three people from Regensburg on the Sea-Eye.

Arne Schmidt, Nathalie Decuypere and David Stahl are ready to go on mission. They will rescue refugees off Libya. By Daniel Geradtz. Regensburg, Germany. It is no easy task which they are facing. On 23 March, the Sea-Eye’s second mission of the year will start. It will include three people from Regensburg. Arne Schmidt, Nathalie[…]

Sea-Eye: First Mission 2017

This week the private German life-saving NGO Sea-Eye is starting their first mission this year. Depending on weather conditions in the Mediterranean, the 14-day mission off the Libyan coast is beginning mid-week. Their task: To search for and rescue people in distress. The eight-member crew is headed by skipper Franziska Hansen from Norway. This time[…]

Hans Riess senior to join rescue mission off the coast of Libya.

By Stephanie Milloni. Diessen, Germany. A butcher from the market town of Diessen will take part in an aid mission in the Mediterranean. Eight-member crew will secure refugee boats. Dead bodies of children that are washed ashore. People who are squeezed together, more dead than alive, on overcrowded rubber boats. We all know the images[…]

NGOs’ migrant rescue role comes under Italian spotlight

By Alessandra Bocchi, Libya Herald Tunis, 19 February 2017: Italy is looking more closely at the role of privately-funded rescue operations that have been plucking migrants from the seas off Libya and into the possibility that there may be collusion between smugglers and some of the rescuers. A Sicilian prosecutor has told the news agency[…]