Search and Rescue d.i.y.

A group of volunteers bought a 98 years old trawler, to carry out search and rescue ops for migrants in distress. They can´t ignore further death at sea and demand for a #safepassage.

Sea-Watch is a European NGO with the aim to secure maritime escape routes to Europe. Since the year 2000 more than 23.000 people died trying to reach Europe’s shores. After the end of Mare Nostrum operation in the Mediterranean Sea three business partners from Germany decided to found the NGO Sea-Watch.

The ship MS Sea-Watch was bought and refitted with a crew of volunteers, working day and night to make the vessel suitable for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. Due to the scarce financial resources Sea-Watch had to improvise in terms of technical solutions. The success of the project was based mostly on hard work and the collaborative effort of a motivated team of volunteers.

Today, at the end of the launch season of the project, Sea-Watch can look back on a summer where it has been able to save the lives of more than 2.000 people found in distress at sea throughout seven missions.