Arrival of Sea-Watch team members!

Members of the Sea Watch team arrived in Lampedusa after a combined road and sea trip starting in Hamburg, taking in Genoa, Palermo, and Porto Empedocle and finally ending on the Island of Lampedusa. The team arrived carrying life-saving equipment to be used on the vessel’s upcoming patrols along with ship’s stores. The team’s arrival…

3500 people rescued off the coast of Libya

Yesterday, an estimated 3500 people were rescued off the coast of Libya. At 19:00L the first rescue boats arrived in Lampedusa followed by further arrivals at 0100L this morning. Approximately 200 African migrants were swiftly disembarked, medically screened and in cohorts of ten led to the Misericordie (a government health and social care service provider) bus waiting…

Island of Lampedusa

Three days into its time on the island of Lampedusa, the Sea Watch project’s feet seemingly haven’t touched the ground! But the welcome it has received has been nothing short of supportive. It is therefore important to note at this early stage how hugely grateful the Organisation is to the residents of Lampedusa and the…

On board a Guardia di Finanza vessel

After seemingly ending the day with a brief media interview and meeting with one of Save the Children’s representatives working at the Island’s purposely built refugee camp, Harald, Peter and I headed off for a well-earned pizza and glass of wine. What came next was an unexpected event. The journalist with whom we had just…

Addressing diverse matters

Tuesday on Lampedusa proceeded at an unceasingly rapid pace. After meeting Harald and Peter (our cameraman) at the nearby hotel, in customary Southern European fashion we hired out three scooters for the day to take us to our various meetings. Dashing from one corner of the island to the other we addressed matters as diverse…

Unexpected logistical hurdles!

In recent days the Sea Watch Organisation has been faced with a number of unexpected logistical hurdles. Long story short, rather than basing itself in Malta as originally planned, the Organisation will now base itself on the island of Lampedusa for the next five months. Having arrived early on Tuesday morning by ferry the reason…