Menschen mit Rettungswesten mitten im Meer auf einem Schlauchboot


& Rescue

Rettungseinsatz auf dem Mittelmeer - rechts Menschen mit Rettungswesten in einem Schlauchboot, links Rettungsteam
Nicole Thyssen / 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.


Gerettete Frau drückt auf schnellem Rettungsboot lächelnd ihr Baby an sich.
Nicole Thyssen / SOS Humanity

8th of March is International Womens Day

To mark the occasion, for the next month we will focus on the theme of female refugees and the experiences of women on board the Humanity 1.

Find out more!


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Humanity 1 in the shipyard
The Humanity 1 is in the shipyard, being prepared for the upcoming missions. Here you will find the latest information on the upcoming work.
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  • 25.03.23
    A new sanitation system was installed on board the Humanity 1. Six new multiuse cabins will create significantly larger and more comfortable sanitary capacities for rescued people.
  • 17.03.23
    The aft deck is being cleared of rust so that a new wooden floor can be laid. This will be installed in such a way that waves can pass under it at sea in order to protect the rescued people even better.
  • 10.03.23
    The crane shaping the appearance of the Humanity 1 was removed. Its high center of gravity wasn´t ideal for the stability of the ship. Furthermore, it its steel foundations took a lot of space on deck. The old crane will be replaced by a new and smaller one.
  • 08.02.23
    Old winches and crane foundations which are no longer needed were removed from deck. In this way, more space for the accommodation and care of rescued people is created.
  • 01.02.23
    The Humanity 1 entered the winter shipyard. In Burriana, Spain, crew members and volunteers from all over Europe work, wield and paint so that our rescue ship will soon be ready to go back at sea.
  • 17.12.22
    The Humanity 1 arrives in Burriana, Spain. The crew of the rescue ship's third operation disembark, and preparations for the winter shipyard will begin soon.
  • 11.12.22
    In the evening, Humanity 1 leaves the port of Bari, Italy. After three rescue missions in 2022 with a total of 855 rescued people, it is now heading to the shipyard in Burriana, Spain, for the winter.
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John Towner


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