Latest news is that the SeaWatch team are now to be based in Lampedusa, Italy.
“After seemingly ending the day with a brief media interview and meeting with one of Save the Children’s representatives working at the Island’s purposely built refugee camp, Harald, Peter and I headed off for a well-earned pizza and glass of wine. What came next was an unexpected event. The journalist with whom we had just met notified us of the latest interception at sea and the imminent arrival of rescued migrants. We arrived at the harbour to see just this. On board a Guardia di Finanza vessel (the Italian customs authority vested with responsibility for enforcing drugs and smuggling related laws) were approximately 240 men, women and children. Although the men were more like boys and the women more like girls – I estimated their ages to range from 14 to 19 in most cases. One small child was seen accompanied by his mother and father.”