During its 6th mission in June 2018, the Lifeline rescued 234 men, women and children off the coast of Libya. The ship was denied permission to dock in Italy and Spain, no port of safety was assigned for 6 days, finally the Maltese authorities gave green light for docking in their port. Upon arrival, the ship was impounded and the Captain Claus-Peter Reisch facing trial in Malta.

SAR case number: 448, 452

SAR organisation: Mission Lifeline

SAR asset: Lifeline

Incident types: EU MRCC denying responsibility for SAR; Request to call flag State; On-scene coordination transfer to non-EU country; EU MRCC denying transhipment; EU MRCC denying disembarkation; Confiscation of rescue boat; Judicial proceedings

Date of SAR (UTC): 21/06/2018

Time of first information received (UTC): 21/06/2018 4:15 am

Source of first information for the NGO: Own detection

Starting time of first sighting / engagement with target boat in distress (UTC): 21/06/2018 4:15 am


Number of migrant boats: 2

Type of migrant boat(s): rubber boats

Number of people on board per boat: boat 1: 120 people boat 2: 110 people

Actors involved (by asset / institution type): MRCC Rome; Libyan Coast Guard/Navy; Maersk


Region of Mediterranean: Central Mediterranean