During the first hours of April 24th, Se Watch received a call for a rescue mission near Libyan territorial sea. When Sea Watch’s ship was at 15 Nautical Miles from the shore of Libya a vessel (Which was part of the Libyan Coast Guard) intercepted the Sea Watch ship and asked them to stop.

Despite the fact that Sea Watch explained that they were heading for a rescue operation, the Libyan officials demand Sea Watch’s retreat from the area and they even fired deterrent shots to the air.

SAR organisation: Sea Watch

SAR asset: Sea Watch 3

Incident types: Warning shots at air or water; Verbal threats

Vessels

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

Location

Position(s) of vessel(s) in distress at the time of SAR request:

Location description: High seas

Approximate distance from coast line: N.A

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

Location description: High seas

Approximate distance from coast line: 15 Nautical Miles from the shore of Libya