‘Ready for rescue’: Saving refugee lives in the Mediterranean Sea

by | Jul 31, 2022 | World

Listen to this story:Geo Barents Ship, Mediterranean Sea – It was Wednesday, May 11, 2022, and a small fishing boat drifted in the Mediterranean, some 240km (155 miles) south of the coast of Malta. On board, the 29 passengers – all without life jackets or supplies – faced their third night on the open sea.
Before the small fibreglass boat had set off from Sabratah, Libya, about 200km (120 miles) away, smugglers had handed a satellite phone with GPS to one of the passengers – the young, enterprising and charismatic Jay*, who they chose to pilot the vessel because of his previous boat-handling experience.
The boat slowly moved north, towards Malta’s search and rescue region (SRR), until Wednesday evening, when the passengers were safely out of the Libyan SRR, where, if they were found by the Libyan Coast Guard, they would be returned to Libya.
Just before 9pm, Jay took out the satellite phone and called Alarm Phone – a charitable organisation monitoring distress calls in the Mediterranean – which then relayed the call to the local Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) of Malta – RCC Malta – and to the MRCC in Rome as well as to non-governmental search and rescue (SAR) ships operating in the area.
Shortly after, shrouded in darknes …

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