Rescue people in distress. Protect survivors. Bear witness at sea.



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“The sea was calm but the night was dark: barely a quarter moon to illuminate us”

Justine, rescuer on board the Ocean Viking shares her experience …

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Hayelom with 2 week old Sosie, the baby of a below survivor that was held captive by kidnappers in Libya and then in the Libyan detention centre before being sent out to sea. Along with 114 other people, Hayelom was put in a 6 meter long rubber boat and sent out to try find Europe. They were eventually rescued by the crew of the Ocean Viking. They had been on the open seas on an unworthy boat with no provisions, not enough fuel, not communications and no water for over 12 hours. The Ocean Viking  Vessel searches for shipwrecked persons that have escaped Libya and are attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe on small boats that are not sea worthy. Thousands die each year as they attempt to cross the sea.

“You are safe.”

For people lost in the middle of the sea, after …

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“What’s left of this shipwreck?”

Justine, SOS MEDITERRANEE rescuer, was onboard Ocean Viking on April 2021, when the team witnessed the tragic consequences of a shipwreck claiming up to 130 lives. A year later, she wonders: “What’s left of this shipwreck and of the bitter minute of silence on board the Ocean Viking?

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SOS MEDITERRANEE is a European humanitarian and maritime search and rescue organisation operating in the central Mediterranean. It was founded by citizens in May 2015 in response to the deaths in the Mediterranean and the failure of the European Union to prevent these deaths.

SOS MEDITERRANEE works as a European association with teams in Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland in a European network, jointly financing and operating a rescue ship. From February 2016 to December 2018, SOS MEDITERRANEE chartered and operated the rescue ship Aquarius. Since August 2019, SOS MEDITERRANEE charters and operates the Ocean Viking. Since the launch of our operation, we have assisted more than 34.500 people in distress at sea.