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MOAS Saves Close to 3,000 Lives in 60-day Mission
October 31, 2014

Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is a private non-governmental initiative to save lives in the Mediterranean Sea, one of the world’s deadliest border crossings, by coordinating activities with the Rescue Coordination Centres in the region.

From August 25th through October 31, 2014, MOAS has carried out three 20-day missions at sea. During these 60 days, MOAS rescued 1,451 migrants and sheltered them on board of the Phoenix, a 130-ft. expedition vessel, where they were given lifejackets, food, water, blankets and medical assistance. MOAS also assisted the Italian authorities on a number of rescues by helping to transfer approximately 1,400 other migrants onto Italian and Merchant Navy boats.

MOAS has been a fantastic success. We have proven to the world that we have the resources and professionalism to conduct effective rescues at sea. All our rescues were successful and without incident. Now we need to find a way to make MOAS sustainable in the long run,” said founder Christopher Catrambone, thanking organizations like US-based NGO Medical Bridges which have already contributed significantly through medical donations."

Figure 1, Medical staff taking temperature of rescued migrants on board.

Figure 2, Rescued migrants wait patiently to be seen by MOAS medical staff.

Figure 3, Two Eritrean boys sharing a toy in the safety of the MOAS clinic. 

Figure 4, Young boy been treated by MOAS medical staff after suffering burns caused by the gasoline on his clothes.

Photography by MOAS\ Darrin Zammit-Lupi

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