During patrol, the fast boat ‘Speedy’ was followed by a fast boat of the Libyan coastguard from al-Zawijah. The coastguard forced the vessel to go to the port of al-Zawijah . Once there, the two crew members were separated from each other and were held captive and interrogated for three days.

With the help of diplomatic support, the crew was transferred to the ‘Werra’, a tender of the German navy, which brought them back to the ‘Sea-Eye’. ‘Speedy’ remains confiscated and, according to eyewitnesses, is being used by the Libyan coastguard.

SAR case number: N.A

SAR organisation: Sea Eye

SAR asset: Sea Eye

Incident types: Fast approach; Intimidation (Other)

Date of SAR (UTC): 09/09/2016


Number of migrant boats: 0

Type of migrant boat(s): N.A

Number of people on board per boat: N.A

Other vessels in the vicinity (e.g. unidentified / cargo / aircrafts): Libyan Coast Guard

Actors involved (by asset / institution type): Libyan Coast Guard/Navy


Region of Mediterranean: Eastern Mediterranean

Position(s) of rescue(s) at the time of SAR operation(s):

Location description: High seas

Approximate distance from coast line: 12 Nautical Miles


Total number of confirmed deaths: 0

Estimated number of dead / missing persons: 0