Five search and rescue boats detained, including MSF’s Sea-Watch 4, in five months. Here are five things to know about the current situation with search and rescue in the Mediterranean sea.
1. European governments are preventing rescue ships from saving lives
The Sea-Watch 4, the search and rescue vessel operated by Sea-Watch and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), was detained by Italian authorities in the port of Palermo, Sicily, on 19 September. It is the fifth NGO search and rescue ship to have been detained in five months.