DW Correspondent Max Zander accompanies a Sea Watch plane on the lookout for migrants in the Mediterranean. The reconnaissance flight route is roughly 70 miles off the Libyan coast, the central Mediterranean route between northern Africa and Europe.
The Sea Watch 3 captain, who memorably defied Italy's landing ban, chastised EU lawmakers for the situation in the Mediterranean. She said rescuers were legally compelled not to return migrants to Libya as it is unsafe.
The Mediterranean route remains one of the deadliest migration routes in the world. German NGO Sea-Watch has operated reconnaissance flights as part of its mission to prevent deaths on the high seas.
A funding campaign for the arrested captain of a rescue vessel has raised half a million euros. Sea-Watch 3 skipper Carola Rackete faces prison after forcing her way into port with a boat carrying migrants.
The humanitarian NGO has accused the EU of deliberately allowing tense standoffs over migrants at Mediterranean ports to deter ships from rescuing people. Sea-Watch captain Carola Rackete is under house arrest in Italy.
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