Sea Rescue

Sea Rescue

We are out on the sea to

  • Saving shipwrecked people
  • Freeing people from dangers
  • Taking care of the injured and the sick

We are ready to go – around the clock and in any weather.

Rescue at sea means helping – regardless of the person’s nationality and cause.

Article 98 of the Convention:

“Each State shall require the master of a ship flying its flag to the extent that the master is able, without seriously endangering the ship, the crew or the passengers, to render assistance to any person found at sea in mortal danger. “

Our maritime rescue operations do not only include:

  • Man overboard
  • Fire in engine room
  • Water ingress on a fishing cutter
  • A badly injured seaman on a merchant ship
  • Rudder failure on board a motor boat
  • Broken mast on a sailing yacht

No, there are also those who have chosen the world’s deadliest escape route via the Mediterranean. More than a thousand people die there every year. Since 2015, more than 81,000 people have been saved.

At least 30,000 refugees have died trying to cross the Mediterranean since 2014. But the EU governments are not taking their responsibilities under international law seriously and are focusing on protecting the borders. Rescues of people in distress at sea are almost exclusively carried out by private aid organizations. Nanoug Foundation will be active in the Mediterranean from May 2022, because support and medical help is urgently needed here.

Sea rescue operation

From May 2022 we will continue our help on the Mediterranean – with our own ship. The aim of the mission is to save the lives of refugees and migrants who make the dangerous crossing from Libya to Europe.

People in distress at sea need to be rescued. According to this principle, we rescue and care for refugees who make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. Many suffer injuries from their captivity in Libya. Others have chemical burns from the dangerous mix of salt water and gasoline that collects in the unseaworthy boats, or suffer from hypothermia.

Despite clear regulations in international maritime law and international law, private aid organizations are hindered in their sea rescue operations and life-saving work is criminalized: European countries, for example, repeatedly block their ports for private rescue ships, and rescued people can sometimes have nowhere to safely go ashore for weeks. In addition, rescue ships are regularly blocked or confiscated by European authorities and the operating organizations are subject to arbitrary penal measures.

As a result of this policy, there are hardly any rescue ships at sea, or at times no rescue ships at all. The EU has also delegated to the Libyan Coast Guard the coordination of rescue operations in international waters, where most shipwrecks occur. This has catastrophic consequences for people fleeing, because the coast guard is forcing people back into a civil war country by expecting internment in inhumane camps.

The Libyan coast guard has driven tens of thousands of people seeking protection back to Libya over the past five years. Here, many experience torture, sexualized violence and imprisonment.

Libya: a place of horror

Many of the refugees have experienced extreme forms of violence and exploitation on their way. In particular, people who have fled from or through Libya report violent attacks, torture, sexualised violence, murder and slavery. Our teams provide – where they are allowed access – medical assistance in detention centers in and around the capital Tripoli. Due to the catastrophic conditions there and our limited options, the suffering of the people remains great.

For these reasons, the “Nanoug Foundation” is committed to introducing the necessary and urgently required measures and ensuring medical care. In order to do justice to the clear regulations in international maritime law and international law.

This is financed by the Nanoug Shipping Company and the Nanoug Foundation, as well as with donations and support from shipping companies and merchants.

With your donation you help where money is most needed. Thank you for supporting the work of Nanoug Foundation!

Sea Rescue

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Beds and blankets are not taken for granted in Libyan detention camps. Particularly in the unofficial camps, conditions are catastrophic.
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