Who we are


In light of the dramatic increase of boats in distress and the insufficiency of existing measures, SOS MEDITERRANEE’s rescue vessel AQUARIUS forms part of the search and rescue efforts in the central Mediterranean and reports on the realities of flight.

Aboard our ship, we have a Search and Rescue Team that is joined by a medical team from our partners “Doctors Without Borders”.

The rescue operations are conducted in close cooperation with the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC, Rome) in the sea area between Sicily, Lampedusa and Libya.


To save lives

Rescue of people in distress at sea and provision of medical emergency care aboard our rescue ship

To protect and assist

Providing medical and psychological care on board and guiding those arriving in Europe to the existing support networks

To testify

To inform the European public on the situation of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea and to pay tribute to those who disappeared on their journey

To inform refugees about the reality of the access conditions to Europe and the dangers they expose themselves to

Raise overall awareness about the consequences of European migration and asylum policies


SOS MEDITERRANEE is a humanitarian organization based on the respect for human beings and their dignity, without partiality as concerns their nationality or origin, their social belonging, religious belief, political position or ethnic identity.


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Faced with repeated shipwrecks of migrants and refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in order to reach Europe,

Considering that there is no adequate rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea to help migrants and refugees in distress in an efficient, appropriate and lasting manner.

As citizens convinced that human rights apply to everyone, we are calling for a large-scale mobilization based on civil society coming together to save migrants in the Mediterranean Sea

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