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Search and rescue | SOS Humanity

SOS Humanity.
Search and rescue in the Mediterranean.

SOS Humanity is a search and rescue organisation working to ensure that no one dies while fleeing across the Mediterranean. We rescue people from distress and accompany as well as protect them on board our rescue ship. We bear witness and promote change by educating the public about the inhumane consequences of the European migration policy, and by raising awareness of the deplorable conditions in the central Mediterranean. Our work is supported by the solidarity of civil society.

Humanity 1

©Fabian Melber

Humanity 1 in sight

As of August 2022 SOS Humanity will operate the current rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 as Humanity 1 in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship was acquired two years ago by the United4Rescue alliance. Since then, German organisation Sea-Watch has been operating the ship in the central Mediterranean.

Humanity 1 in sight
Why it's time to act
  • In the past year on average every six hours one person drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.

  • The European states have increasingly withdrawn from search and rescue at sea.

  • Search and rescue organisations bear witness, inform civil society and hold the ones in charge accountable.

  • Search and rescue organisations fill the gap in urgently needed rescue capacities at the European borders.

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Preparations for our life-saving mission
Our first mission with the Humanity 1 is just around the corner. Here you can find current information about our preparations!
Dry dock
  • 21.07.22
    The rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 has arrived in the dry dock about to be transformed into the Humanity 1. In the dry dock, another chapter the recsue ship begins. In the dry dock, the entire ship will be checked thoroughly and first crew members are on-site to familiarise themselves with the ship and its special features.


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      SOS Humanity
      Postfach 440352
      12003 Berlin
      +49 3023525682


      SOS Humanity –
      SOS Mediterranee
      Deutschland e.V.

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