Today we decided with a heavy heart to temporarily suspend our planned rescue missions in the Mediterranean. I have informed our crews and skippers of this decision.
The reason for this is the changed security situation in the Western Mediterranean, after the Libyan Government announced an indefinite and unilateral extension of their territorial waters – in connection with an explicit threat against the private NGOs.
Under these circumstances, a continuation of our rescue work is not currently possible. It would be irresponsible towards our crews.
During the past days other sea rescue organisations – including ‘Doctors without Borders’ – have also announced their temporary retreat from the search-and-rescue-area off the Libyan coast.
In the coming days and weeks we will carefully analyse the changed security situation off the Libyan coast and discuss our future action.