A day of rescue with the Ocean Viking

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Why we love it?

We love this association, which has been fighting relentlessly since the 2015 migrant crisis, which had shaken us all, in order to preserve lives and limit the humanitarian catastrophe.

The project

International solidaritySolidarity
Helping exiles in the central Mediterranean
39506
people
have been rescued by SOS MEDITERANNEE since 2015
24 000
euros
is the cost of a day's rescue at sea
15
%
of survivors are women

Solution

Based in France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, its actions respond to a moral imperative and fall within a clear legal framework: the obligation to assist any person in distress at sea.

The association pursues three missions:
- SAVE lives at sea through search-and-rescue operations for boats in distress, in compliance with maritime and international law;
- PROTECT and CARE for those rescued through emergency care delivered on board, medical-psychological listening and support, as well as accompaniment to a safe place where their lives are no longer threatened and their basic needs can be met ;
- WITNESS the situation in the Mediterranean and raise awareness among the general public, institutions and governments of this humanitarian drama unfolding on Europe's doorstep.                              

Thanks to the mobilization of citizens, the first boat was chartered in 2016 to respond to the humanitarian emergency. The Aquarius until 2018, then the Ocean Viking, are citizen boats financed 91% by private funds. On board, professional rescue sailors scan the sea and come to the rescue of the boats, often in difficult conditions. The refugees, 11% of whom are women and 30% minors, receive medical and psychological care until disembarkation in a safe port. SOS Méditerranée's action is always carried out in coordination with maritime authorities and in strict compliance with international maritime rescue laws.

First mission of the year
 Yesterday afternoon, the Ocean Viking rescued 71 people from an overloaded inflatable boat. An aircraft from the NGO Sea-Watch raised the alarm at around 1:30pm, and our vessel immediately headed for the position. 

Arriving on site, our teams noted the presence of water in the boat, which was threatening to overturn. Faced with the urgency of the situation, we immediately evacuated all those on board, including 5 women and 16 unaccompanied minors. 

Shortly after the rescue, the Italian authorities assigned the port of Livorno, 1,167 km north of Italy, to disembark the survivors. This decision will keep us away from the rescue zone for at least a week.

We are currently sailing up to the port of Livorno and will be heading back to the rescue zone as soon as possible. Thanks to your support, we will continue our vital mission. 

Thank you for standing by us
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First mission of the year
244 people saved in 12 hours!
Yesterday (December 27), the Ocean Viking rescued 244 men, women and children in distress during three rescue operations, in international waters off Libya.  
  • At around 1am, a rescue operation was then launched close to a Libyan patrol boat. 122 people, including 8 unaccompanied minors, were rescued. 
  •  As our vessel headed north,  a second wooden boat, totally overloaded, was spotted. In coordination with the Italian authorities, our teams rescued 106 people, including 8 women and 4 children. 
  • A few moments later, the NGO Pilotes Volontaires spotted a fiberglass boat in distress close to our ship. Our teams were then able to rescue 16 people, again in coordination with the Italian authorities.  

As we write, our teams are taking turns day and night to care for the 244 men, women and children on board. The ship is currently en route to Bari, where we should arrive on Saturday to disembark the shipwrecked crew, before setting sail again as soon as possible. 
244 people saved in 12 hours!

The money will be used for

SOS Méditerranée is committed to deploying professional rescue operations and employs professional maritime and medical/social teams both on board and ashore. Expenses include, for example, the renewal of life jackets (€25/jacket), dinghy operations (€100 for 3h) or the sharply rising cost of fuel.
"Better to die at sea than to be forced to return to Libya".
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