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 the crew is a mix of different nationalities. It includes volunteers from the US, France and the Netherlands, as well as three Germans.
Last Sunday people in Licata, Sicily, threw a farewell party for the boat, which had been in Sicily for renovation works. On Sunday morning, two Catholic priests blessed the Sea-Eye and its crew.
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