The ongoing migrant crisis across the Mediterranean region continues to cause huge humanitarian, border control, and maritime SAR challenges. The plight of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war, abuse or poverty and risking their lives, in sea crossings particularly, has aroused strong responses, from people wanting to help the displaced, and people wanting to stem the tide.
The IMRF is coordinating the work of its SAR organisation members in support of the relevant SAR authorities in the region. Our common aim is to provide properly coordinated and properly trained and equipped units where they are most needed.
The Swedish Sea Rescue Society's Yellow Boat Project has published an online documentary about the last month's experiences regarding rescue and the loss of many refugees in the Aegean Sea. It is about 20 minutes long and consists of pictures and 3 movies.
“Nothing can prepare you for the horrific reality of what is going on. Today we came face to face with one of the youngest victims of this ongoing refugee crisis. It is a tragic reminder of the thousands of people who have died trying to reach safety in miserable conditions,” says Christopher Catrambone, founder of IMRF Member the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS).
On 1-3 December 2015 60 delegates from some 15 countries gathered at Shanghai Maritime University for a mass rescue operations (MRO) training course and ‘tabletop’ discussion exercise organised by IMRF’s Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) and kindly hosted and sponsored by the University and IMRF members China Rescue and Salvage. The IMRF also gratefully acknowledges the support of McMurdo and Trinity House for our ongoing MRO project.