Two years after Sea-Eye’s foundation in 2015, the situation in the Mediterranean remained catastrophic. Still, thousands of children, women and men were fleeing across the Mediterranean from human rights violations. In 2014, Italy had stopped the rescue mission Mare Nostrum. Since then, the European Union denies its responsibility for the situation in the Mediterranean.
In order to help even more people in the most difficult hours of their lives and to establish a permanent presence in the operational area, the association bought the SEEFUCHS (built in 1959) in 2017. The former research vessel was identical in construction to our first rescue ship SEA-EYE.
After the transfer of the SEEFUCHS from Stralsund to Malta, our fire-red ship started its first rescue mission in May 2017. Until summer 2018, the crews of the SEEFUCHS were involved in numerous rescue missions and documented the human rights situation in the Mediterranean.