CM Hammar, who for the past 160 years have been providing better solutions for safety at sea, have donated £1,500 to the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Mixed Migrants Safety Project (new window) and to our Affiliate Member Sea-Watch, who are working to save lives in the Central Mediterranean.
Håkan Skutberg, Managing Director, CM Hammar says: "When our company wanted to make a Christmas Gift to the IMRF it seemed natural to choose a project and organisation that was working in the Central Mediterranean."
As Boat Carrying Approximately 750 People Partially Capsizes in the Mediterranean
The 24th May 2017 saw one of MOAS’ most tragic rescues to date. Overcrowding and sea swell tipped hundreds into the water during a rescue yesterday.
31 bodies were recovered to MOAS vessel Phoenix alongside 604 survivors, one of whom has since died on board despite our medical crew’s desperate efforts to save him. Several survivors are still in critical condition, including a 6-month pregnant woman who is being monitored for pregnancy related complications following the stress of losing her young son yesterday.
The MOAS aircraft began spotting vessels in distress in the early morning of Wednesday and the Phoenix’s RHIBS (rubber hulled inflatable boats) were soon after deployed to begin the first rescue.
Photo Top: State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Anette Elseth cuts the ribbon with Mayor of Thessaloniki, Mr. Giannis Boutaris
Less than 2 years ago the Hellenic Rescue Team asked IMRF members for help as their volunteers were facing exhaustion rescuing 10s of thousands of people escaping Syria for Europe across the Aegean Sea from Turkey.
The response was immediate with Norwegian Rednigselskapet (RS) Secretary General Rikke Lind, the first to help with an offer of support made within minutes of the presentation made by HRT.
This offer was followed up with support from the Norwegian Government and the combined efforts of IMRF members SSRS (Sweden), DGzRS (Germany), KNRM (The Netherlands) and RNLI (UK).
A number of IMRF members are doing great things in response to the Mediterranean crisis.
As James Vaughan notes, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) has been operating in the central region of the Mediterranean, and is now focussing on migrant issues in the Bay of Bengal too. However, as the winter deepens and casualty rates climb, MOAS is also positioning a 51m emergency response vessel, Topaz Responder, in Greek territorial waters, to act as a patrol and response unit, and as mother ship to two high-speed rescue vessels, Aylan and Galip, named for the Kurdi brothers whose deaths shocked the world in September.
This is Iman. She is three years old, and she clutches a Swedish Sea Rescue Society teddy-bear. Two days before this picture was taken the boat she was in sank. When the SSRS picked her up she was slipping in and out of consciousness and her pulse and breathing were weak: she had hit her head on rocks. The crew worked on her for 16 minutes while driving at 35 knots through rough seas to get her to an ambulance. As you can see, they did well.
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