- Category: IMRF Mixed Migrant Safety Project - Aegean Sea
In the early summer of 2015
In the early summer of 2015, in the shadows of the unfolding tragedies in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue took a bold decision, allowing armed Police officers to operate aboard one of their rescue vessels. Two years later this exceptional collaboration has come to an end, with extraordinary results.
It is June 2015. In the headquarters of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (RS) there is a hectic activity. A buzzing sound of excitement and anticipation.
Even if RS have no experience with international operations at this point, Frontex have entrusted them with a great opportunity to participate in operation Poseidon, in the Mediterranean. For the first time in the 125 year long history of RS one of their rescue vessels will operate in foreign waters.