Refugee Rescue is a voluntary Search and Rescue (SAR) crew operating on Lesvos, Greece. Our skilled crew and rescue boat ‘Mo Chara’ (‘My Friend’ in Irish) have helped thousands and saved many lives at sea. Our mission is to remain active 24/7 to protect our fellow humans who are fleeing war and prevent anymore deaths at sea.
Refugee Rescue was initiated in 2015 by civilians as a humanitarian response to the thousands of refugees drowning (over 5000 people) in the short stretch of water between Turkey and Greece. We could not look the other way - Refugee Rescue launched our rescue boat Mo Chara (ex RNLI Atlantic 75) with skilled SAR crew in early 2016.
In 2017 we are still there and still needed - Refugee Rescue Boat and crew are out every day. We are the humanitarian front protecting people at sea on Europe's southern shores as they seek refuge from their war-torn countries.
We have done this with individual donations and civilian support- direct action works. Please continue to support to help save lives by supporting our skilled SAR team and rescue boat Mo Chara
Who we are...
Joby Fox (Co-Founder & Chairperson)
In winter 2015 I went to Lesvos and saw the situation becoming more and more hazardous, with the weather worsening and boats capsizing. I saw rescuers on the beaches and on rescue boats forced to choose who to save as their are so many people in the water. In October a vessel containing 300 people capsize, only 250 could be saved. As a human being I’ve held out a hand to an other and helped them for a moment. That’s what life is all about, instead of political posturing. It’s about action, lateral thinking, helping, being human and looking after other people. I reached out for more people to help in Greece and Refugee Rescue was formed. Together we can help.
Jude Bennett (CEO & Co-Founder)
I am an experienced project manager I felt compelled to help in this humanitarian crisis and together with Joby we co-founded Refugee Rescue. Since November 2015 I have managed the mission and development of the NGO.
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Richie Heard (Recruitment & Operations Manager)
Richard Heard is a valuable member of the SAR crew having crewed several times for Refugee Rescue. Richie manages all SAR crew recruitment and operations. He is RNLI trained and a valuable asset to the team.
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Robert Weare (Skipper & Technical support)
Robert (Bert) is a RNLI Helmsman with vast experience, skippering for Refugee Rescue several times he has helped hundreds of refugees. Our boat Mo Chara is an ex-RNLI Atlantic 75, Bert helps us keep her in good condition ensuring we can continue our hard work. A truly experienced skipper and generous soul.
The Refugee Rescue Crew
Most importantly our skilled SAR crew. Just some of the faces from our international crew. If you would like to find out more please look HERE.
Thank you Refugee Rescue Volunteer crew!