Regensburg/Valletta 28 March 2018 –The private sea rescue NGO Sea-Eye has just started its second rescue mission this year. On Wednesday morning, the 10-person crew under the leadership of skipper Johann Rieß put to sea from Malta. On Thursday, the ship will reach the rescue area off the Libyan coast and start searching for people in distress and at risk of drowning, and provide first aid.
Sea-Eye founder Michael Buschheuer: “Even the continuing threat by the Libyan coast guard and the attempts of the Italian justice to stop private sea rescue, cannot stop us from doing our humanitarian duty.”
Besides the ‘Aquarius’ (http://sosmediterranee.org), the organisation Sea-Eye e.V.‘s ship is the only private rescue ship in this part of the Mediterranean. This year, more than 350 people have already drowned there (Source: http://missingmigrants.iom.int/region/mediterranean).
Sea-Eye has been rescuing people in distress and at risk of drowning off the Libyan coast since April 2016. Since May 2017, our second ship, the ‘Seefuchs‘, has also been on rescue missions. We have been able to save 13,284 people from distress.
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