News from the Central Mediterranean

A report by a post-rescue coordinator and a paramedic of Sea-Eye

Date: 30. July 2024
Time: 18:30 -20:00 h
Location: The event will take place online. Participants will receive the access data by email one day before the event.


The central Mediterranean has been the world’s deadliest escape route for years. Thousands continue to die every year trying to escape the hell of Libya and to find safety in Europe.

Refugees are still exposed to the arbitrariness of the countries bordering the Mediterranean. The EU does not want to carry out sea rescues in the Mediterranean, but the situation for refugees in Libya, from where most refugees make their way to Europe via the central Mediterranean, remains precarious.

Civil sea rescue organizations, such as Sea-Eye, are filling the gap left by the EU and the Mediterranean countries, trying to save as many people as possible from drowning. This is all the more important as the EU is funding a so-called Libyan coastguard that violates human rights and forces people fleeing the Mediterranean back to Libya, where they are exposed to the worst human rights violations.

But what does civilian sea rescue in the Mediterranean actually mean? What happens before a mission? How does the crew prepare for the mission? How does a rescue mission actually work? What are the challenges of civil sea rescue in the face of both an increasingly repressive political situation and the so-called libyan coast guard?

These and more questions will be dealt with during this event that aims to give the audience more details about civil sea-rescue and the situation of refugees at the central mediterranean sea.


Hanna Becker is currently a student and also working at the Members & Volunteers department of Sea-Eye for over a year. In this function, she takes care and coordinates the work of the hundreds of volunteers of Sea-Eye. Hanna Becker was also part of the crews of two rescue missions of Sea-Eye in 2023 and 2024, working as a post-rescue-coordinator and will share her experiences in this work with us.

Thomas Herr has been a member of the Sea-Eye medical team since 2020 and has completed a total of five SAR missions in the Central Mediterranean. As an emergency paramedic, he has many years of experience in clinical and preclinical emergency care and completed his medical studies at the end of 2023.


Participation is free.


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The event will take place in English


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    30 Jul 2024


    18:30 - 20:00