In 2015 thousands of people fled across the Mediterranean. Many of them died trying to escape war, violence and hunger. For many refugees their search for a dignified life ended deadly. Hundreds of people regularly drowned, when the unseaworthy boats filled with water. Parents lost their children and friends died side by side. Over the past years, thousands of refugees fought for survival in the waves.
As a reaction to the unacceptable deaths in the Mediterranean Sea, a group of people who did not want to stand by the dying on the Mediterranean Sea any longer, came together in Regensburg in autumn 2015, spearheaded by Michael Buschheuer with family and friends. They founded the association Sea-Eye e. V. Since then, their aim has been to find people in distress at sea and save them.