Refugee Rescue is a skilled Search and Rescue (SAR), humanitarian and non-political NGO founded in 2015. Our volunteer boat and land crew as well as rescue vessel ‘Mo Chara’ (‘My Friend’ in Irish) are currently based in Lesvos, Greece, where we have helped thousands of refugees fleeing violence, war and persecution.
Refugee Rescue is the last humanitarian and professional search and rescue organization left on the Northern Shore of Lesvos
Since major organizations have moved away, Refugee Rescue has constantly struggled to continue their operations. Since October 2017, Refugee Rescue remains as the only humanitarian and professional search and rescue left on the Northern Shore of Lesvos.
People are still crossing the short stretch between Turkey and Lesvos every day. Dinghies often directly navigate towards dangerous rocks or shallows that can easily break the floor of dinghies causing them to sink or capsize. Smugglers often abandon groups of refugees on rocks and inaccessible beaches. Many boats also land on treacherous rocks and people are then stuck on small islands or other locations that are difficult to reach. There is no cliff rescue, no helicopter and people are often impossible to reach from land.
In November 3016 people arrived in Greece and four people lost their lives trying to cross the Aegean. This year alone 11,549 people landed on Lesvos. While considerably less people are arriving than last year, numbers have been rising since January 2017. Please see here for more data.
Our mission is to remain active 24/7 to protect everybody fleeing war, violence and persecution and prevent more deaths at sea. By being human showing compassion, we remain on Lesvos to assist people at sea and land.
Since we started out in 2016 we have helped more than 6000 people by assisting them at sea and at land. This forgotten crisis is far from being over and we need your help to sustain our operations.
Last updated 12.12.2017