Photographer: Darrin Zammit Lupi
Title: Rescue in the Mediterranean
Location: Central Mediterranean Sea ; Sicily, Italy
Period: 07/2021 - 08/2021
Category: Spot News

The German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 carried out six dramatic rescue operations during its three-week mission in the central Mediterranean in July/August 2021.

Miraculously, there were no fatalities during these operations on the world's deadliest migration route, though several migrants were found to be severely injured and had to be medevaced to Malta and the Italian island of Lampedusa. The Sea-watch 3 brought 257 migrants to Sicily, while several others it had helped rescue were taken to European shores by Italian authorities and another NGO ship.



Some 89 migrants on a wooden boat wait to be rescued during a joint rescue operation between the German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 and the Italian Coast Guard some 63 nautical miles south-west of the Italian island of Lampedusa in the western Mediterranean Sea August 2 2021

A migrant boy severely injured with burns from a fire that broke out on their wooden boat cries in a RHIB operated by the German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 after being rescued from a boat in international waters off the coast of Libya in the western Mediterranean Sea July 30 2021

A Libyan man who suffered severe burns when he fought a fire on a boat of migrants and his daughter also injured in the fire wait to be medically evacuated by the Italian Coast Guard from the German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 in the western Mediterranean Sea July 30 2021

Migrants try to swim to the German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 after they jumped off their overcrowded wooden boat carrying 394 migrants during a rescue operation in international waters off the coast of Tunisia in the western Mediterranean Sea July 31 2021

A RHIB rigid hulled inflatable boat crew member from the German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 distributes life jackets to migrants on an overcrowded wooden boat carrying 394 migrants during a rescue operation in international waters off the coast of Tunisia in the western Mediterranean Sea August 1 2021

Migrants on an overcrowded wooden boat carrying 394 people await rescue by the German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 and the French NGO SOS Mediterranee migrant rescue ship Ocean Viking during a rescue operation in international waters off the coast of Tunisia in the western Mediterranean Sea August 1 2021

Migrants grab hold of the lines on a RHIB rigid hulled inflatable boat from the German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 after they jumped off an overcrowded wooden boat carrying 394 migrants during a rescue operation in international waters off the coast of Tunisia in the western Mediterranean Sea August 1 2021

A young migrant girl cries during a rescue operation conducted by German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 in the Maltese search and rescue zone in international waters off the coast of Libya in the western Mediterranean Sea July 29 2021

Migrants sleep at night on the deck of the German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 as the ship makes its way to Trapani on the Italian island of Sicily to disembark the 257 rescued migrants on board off the coast of the island of Sicily Italy August 7 2021

A critically-ill Libyan boy and his family are medically evacuated to Malta by an Armed Forces of Malta helicopter from the German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 around 147 nautical miles south-west of Malta in the western Mediterranean Sea August 2 2021

Migrants wait to disembark from the German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 as it arrives with 257 rescued migrants on board in Trapani on the island of Sicily Italy August 7 2021

A migrant carries her baby as she disembarks from the German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 as the last group of migrants finally leave the ship in Trapani on the island of Sicily Italy August 8 2021