Back in the Mediterranean, onboard with the Phoenix Search & Rescue Team and the Italian Red Cross

THE CREW PHOENIX, LUANCH DAY, MALTA

The Phoenix crew, with the Italian Red Cross, launch day, June 6, 2016, Marsa, Malta © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU, 2016

 

The Phoenix heads out the Mediterranean, Grand Harbour, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

The Phoenix heads out to the Mediterranean, Grand Harbour, Malta © Helen Jones-Florio

 

The Responder & The Phoenix - both MOAS Search & Rescue Boats patrol the Mediterranean together for the first time © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU, 2016

The Responder & The Phoenix – both MOAS Search & Rescue Boats patrol the Mediterranean together for the first time © Jason Florio/MOAS.EU, 2016. All rights reserved.

 

For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be on the first Mediterranean Sea mission of 2016, onboard the Phoenix with the SAR  team once again – and the rescues began almost immediately (images to follow in my next blog post) upon reaching the ‘Dead Zone‘:

Professional search and rescue charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) will enhance their life-saving efforts in the central Mediterranean this year by deploying two ships and two drones. The drones will expand their patrolling area to cover what is called the ‘dead zone’: the fatal few miles from the Libyan shore.’ MOAS.EU

I’ll be updating, with more images and words, as and when I can throughout the mission.

Jason Florio

June 10, 2016

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