The crew have reached the SAR area

The Sea-Watch left Lampedusa for its seventh mission on Thursday 17th. The crew reached the SAR area at Friday in the morning and started patrolling right outside the limit of the 24 nm from the Libyan coast.

On saturday 19th the sea watch was involved in two rescues. The position communicated by MRCC Rome at 0635. MRCC Rome asked Sea Watch to approach and wait for Phoenix to take over the rescued people. We checked safety and handed out life vests to all. They still had water. We decided to wait for MSF personnel on board of Phoenix approaching to assist injured people. There were 104 People including 2 woman and NO children. The rubber boat overcrowded and not moving but the engine was working. Two people were injured (not seriously, 4 days old injuries).

First Sea-Watch approached with RIB, Phoenix joined 1 hour later (they approached with RIB first too). Phoenix assisted with evacuating people from rubber boats. The operation concluded with success in good collaboration with Phoenix

The position of the second mission was communicated by MRCC Rome at around 0915. MRCC Rome asked to approach and wait for CP906, which was 5miles away at the moment of communication. First SeaWatch approached with RIB, checked safety, handed out life vests to all and waited for CP906 which joined almost immediately .

There were 110 People, inncluding women (unknown number) on an overcrowded rubber boat, not moving. CP 906 assisted with evacuating people from rubber boats and the operation concluded with success in good collaboration with CP 906

On Sunday the rough weather conditions forced the Sea-Watch to go to Zarzis in Tunesia to find shelter from the waves of the Mediterranean Sea where we had to wait till Tuesday.

Now we are back in the search-and-rescue area.

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