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.
June 10, 2016
On board The Responder, en route from Port Said, Egypt, to Lesvos, Greece – image © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio, 2015. All rights reserved
More updates to follow soon.
Wishing everyone a safe, peaceful, and happy holidays
Youtube: footage © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio, 2015. Click on above image to view. To see more video from Jason Florio, please visit ‘Film & Video‘
Since May, 2015, Jason Florio has been basing out of Malta, Europe, working with MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station), on board the Phoenix , to document the migrant and refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Libya.
Palestinian-Syrian boys Mohammed and Amar sleep on the decks of the MOAS rescue ship The Phoenix after being rescued © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio, 2015
Eritrean Yosef Goitom AKA King Josee helps caryy a baby to safety on the RHiB. Rescue of 369 migrants. This was the first rescue of the 2015 MOAS Mission © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio, 2015
To view more of Florio’s footage, from the rescues, please check out ‘Film & Video’