We are launching this site with a campaign to raise funds for MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station). This charity was founded in 2013 by a millionaire-turned-philanthropist, Christopher Catrambone and his wife Regina Catrambone Mr Catrambone made his fortune in insurance, providing policies for contractors, press and workers in conflict zones in the Middle East. MOAS started patrolling the migrant route between Libya and Sicily in August 2014 and has saved almost 12,000 lives as of November 2015.
Their primary vessel, the 130 foot Phoenix, is equipped with 2 rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs) and 2 helicopter camera drones and crewed by an experienced team of rescuers, paramedics and doctors from Médecins Sans Frontières. They use the remote piloted helicopter camera drones to locate migrant boats and assess their situation. If the boat or migrants are in distress the Phoenix moves to intercept and aid is provided by ferrying supplies via the RHIBs. Immediate life saving items like water, energy bars, life jackets, blankets are provided and migrants in urgent need of medical care are transported back to the Phoenix. The Phoenix stands guard while the authorities such as the regional coastguard are brought in to handle the situation. If the migrant vessel is sinking or has already sank the Phoenix can take 400 passengers.
On November 11th MOAS announced that it was launching a new mission to the Aegean Sea with a new new ship called the Topaz Responder. The new vessel will render much needed aid to the busiest migrant route which is now between Turkey and Greece. The 51m Topaz Responder will host two high-speed rescue vessels on board capable of being launched rapidly or kept on patrol. The two rescue boats will be named Aylan and Galip, in honour of the Kurdi brothers whose deaths shocked the world in September.
The UNHCR (U.N. Refugee Agency), calculates an incredible 792,000 refugees, a majority of them being Syrians, have crossed the dangerous seas between Turkey and Greece in 2015. More than 3,440 have died trying, and as winter approaches and the seas get rougher, the death toll will surely rise.
Please help us reach our $100,000 goal and fill our first grid for MOAS!
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