Currently supported, TOGETHER FOR RESCUE
About This Project

The Mediterranean is the deadliest border in the world. Sea-Watch was founded at the end of 2014 as an initiative of volunteers who no longer wanted to stand by and watch the mass deaths on Europe’s shores. Over the last four years, Sea-Watch has developed into a professional, international maritime rescue and human rights organisation.


Since its first mission in 2015, our ships and planes have helped to save over 37,000 lives in the Central Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. With the Sea-Watch 3, a 50-metre long former offshore supply ship, we currently operate the largest and best equipped civil Search and Rescue (SAR) vessel in the central Mediterranean. Our reconnaissance aircrafts Moonbird and Colibri provide the first and only non-state aerial surveillance of the search area, off the Libyan coast. Furthermore, Sea-Watch supports and cooperates with various partners in order to secure the refugee routes across the Mediterranean and to fight for the vision of a solidary, open Europe.


However, Sea-Watch’s goal remains to make itself redundant. Therefore Sea-Watch does not only stand for humanitarian emergency aid, but also for the political demand for a #SafePassage – safe and legal routes to Europe. Without them, there can be no solution to the ongoing, brutal state of emergency in the Mediterranean.


For the right to stay. For the right to go.