MSF Bolsters Rescue Operations in the Med

One MSF vessel has already rescued 1,242 people.

MSF Bolsters Rescue Operations in the Med

A third search, rescue and medical care boat, with teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on board, will assist people trying to reach Europe by sea in a bid to escape war, persecution and poverty at home.

“What we are witnessing in the Mediterranean Sea is a humanitarian crisis,” says MSF’s Paula Farias, operational manager on the boat, named Dignity I. “This rescue mission might seem different from our usual projects, in that it takes place at sea, but our priority is the same as in South Sudan or Syria – to save lives.”

The Dignity I has a crew of 18, including medical staff. The 50 meter-long vessel left the port of Barcelona on June 13 and has the capacity to carry 300 rescued people.

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