Migrants: 'Sea-Eye' launches private rescues in the Med

About 200 people working voluntarily on the project

19 April, 14:53

    Il logo dell'iniziativa Sea-Eye Il logo dell'iniziativa Sea-Eye

    ROME - The number of rescue initiatives for migrants trying to reach European coasts is growing constantly. The 'Sea-Eye' operation is set to be presented on Tuesday in Licata, Sicily. This private vessel will patrol the Mediterranean from April 20 and conduct observation and rescue missions off the Libyan coast. The aim is to find people in danger, save them from drowning and seek help.

    Sea-Eye is made up of 200 people from all over Germany and other EU countries, who work for the project as volunteers. In the most affected area of the sea, the Sea-Eye will monitor the waters in search of overcrowded or damaged boats that risk capsizing. People will be supplied with life jackets and water and the boats will be replaced by rescue rafts. On board the ship there will be a first aid unit for people who have suffered serious injuries. Once a struggling boat is identified, Sea-Eye will make an SOS call to "MRCC Mediterraneo" in Rome. This year the project will require financing of about 250,000 euros. The Italian Council for Refugees (CIR) will launch a campaign on social networks to help raise funds.

    The Sea-Eye initiative started in Autumn 2015, when a group of people in the city of Regensburg, led by businessman Michael Buschheuer, decided they no longer wanted to sit back and watch as refugees were dying in the Mediterranean.

    Instead the organisation went out and bought an old fishing vessel, restored it and equipped it to be able to carry out search and rescue missions in the sea. (ANSAmed).

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