The TROTAMAR III left Lampedusa around midnight and is now on the “Tunisia Route”, currently one of the most important passages for refugees from Africa. The crew of six under skipper Matthias is now searching for people in distress at sea. Every day, unseaworthy boats set off from Tunisia or Libya and make their way to Europe completely overcrowded with many people.

People fleeing war, persecution, torture, hunger, misery or rape leave their homes every day. They flee out of hopelessness and despair. They flee because their lives are threatened. They leave their families, friends and beloved regions of their homeland and set off.

We want to save people fleeing across the Mediterranean from death by drowning or dying of thirst and alleviate their immediate suffering.

Skipper Matthias reports from the start.