‘For the past two years (2015-16), I was embedded with the first search and rescue NGO, MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) to operate rescue ships, specifically to save the lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.’ JF
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The then President-elect, Adama Barrow, of The Republic of The Gambia ©Jason Florio
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President Adama Barrow of The Republic of The Gambia, returns to mass welcome and much celebration, from his exile in Senegal © Jason Florio
President Adama Barrow of The Republic of The Gambia arriving back home to crowds of well wishers, estimated in the hundreds of thousands.© Jason Florio
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Photographer, Jason Florio, interviews young Gambian man at the inauguration celebrations, Banjul © Helen Jones-Florio
The above image was taken by Jason Florio, whilst onboard the MOAS Responder search and rescue boat, currently in the Aegean Sea – for Battleface Insurance: ‘#personplacethings’
01/15/16: Pulled from my bunk at 11.45pm, by the sound of the 2-way radio next to my bed, crackling to life. One of the MOAS crew, on watch up on the bridge, saw a ping on the radar that went fast and then stopped – he raised the alarm and within 20 minutes we were at the scene. Screams from the dark, the odd flash of a reflector on a life jacket, an overturned white speed boat, with a blue hull. Old men, women, and children were hauled and pulled, their heaviness (not just from the weight of the water, but the weight of children strapped onto their mothers), onto the FRDC. We plucked and pulled, responding to yells from the void.
All came home alive and safe (to the Topaz Responder), except for three babies, who had already perished before we reached their capsized boat… one mother lost two.
A sad night on the front line.
Huge respect to the MOAS SAR (search and rescue) team, CISOM, ERRCMALTA
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