The Sea Watch has just passed the Port City of Faro in the Algarve region of Portugal. In the next 48 hours she will sail through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea where she will effectively commence her first operational patrol keeping a lookout for migrant boats in distress.
Last week, ‘Watch-the Med’, a Sea Watch partner organisation, reported a number of vessels getting into distress off the coast of Morocco. In a coordinated rescue effort the Moroccan and Spanish coastguard agencies intercepted the vessels and returned all passengers to a place of safety on the Moroccan mainland.
On land preparations for the Sea Watch basecamp are in full swing with the final pieces of the jigsaw hopefully being in place by the end of this week.