Sea patrol boat

by Luca Catalano Gonzaga

These pictures were taken by the photographer Luca Catalano Gonzaga on September 2016 on board the Italian Coast Guard ship “Ubaldo Diciotti”, in the waters of the Libyan sea, north of Sabrata. 130 migrants were transshipped from the Maltese cargo vessel Purki after a long and troubled rescue operation which required a medical evacuation. An Italian Navy helicopter promptly carried two pregnant women to the nearest Sicilian hospital. Since its launch and when it became of service in 2014, the “Ubaldo Diciotti” and its 60-people crew saved more than 15.000 migrants. It can accommodate more than 600 migrants and contributes to several rescue operations every day. Apart from rescue at sea, the “Ubaldo Diciotti” carries out anti-pollution missions in defence of the marine environment. A Panamanian freighter carrying 80 tonnes of fertilizer has sunk in the Sicilian channel. (text by Sebastiano Caputo).


A selection of photos from the archive of Luca Catalano Gonzaga is available as collector’s prints. The goal of print selling is to contribute to the realization of the photographic projects of Witness Image that narrate the great transformations of our time.