Today a smuggler dumped 12 people into the water on rocks on sheer cliff face, including a small baby, 3 teenage girls and an elderly woman of 80 who was hyperventilating. Refugee Rescue team completed a very difficult rescue with our boat Mo Chara, the only vessel that could get close enough to board the refugees and bring them to safety. Well done crew!! THANK YOU. Our hard work continues and we still need your support
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A year on from Aylan Kurdi's image went around the world, for those who think it's not happening or tehre are no boats... We can't look the other way. Families are still risking their lives. Refugee Rescue and the other committed volunteer teams carry on their work to help people escaping war and to feel safe.
Many of our friends NGO's have moved operations to the Med and are doing amazing work. Refugee Rescue stays in Lesvos to help refugees get safely to the north shore as the numbers of refugee boats steadily rise again. (Refugee Rescue crew in background). Over 100,000 refugees have landed so far in Lesvos this year
EU and Turkey have until 20th June to agree on the various terms laid out by each. This bartering and system of blackmail means the refugees are in an even more desperate and dangerous situation. The refugees are forced to take more dangerous routes and risking their lives through unsafe passages.
REFUGEE RESCUE and our boat Mo Chara is still on shift with only a couple of other teams on the ground in Mytilini, Lesvos. The refugee boats come in more sporadically. One night this week we were alerted to 2 boats. This boat (below) landed safely and had 49 people, mostly woman and 15 children! Mo Chara and the rescue crews are still working every night to stop more drownings at sea.
Been very busy for Mo Chara since we moved to south Lesvos last week as that is where many refugees cross every day and night. We assisted over 20 refugee boats (approx. 50 ppl each = over 1000 ppl) brought safely to shore or to coastguard vessels. Yesterday morning all SAR teams were called to emergency sinking boat with over 150 men, woman and children!! All made it to land safe due to the amazing volunteer effort. Rescue teams at sea are as vital now than ever in this time of political madness! We need your support in order to sustain this valuable crew.
Crew always in training in preparation for their night shifts. Lifeguard Richie Heard is the 'man overboard' in this session! ouch!
Refugee Rescue's new rescue boat Mo Chara (My friend in Irish) is now on the north shore of Lesvos ready with a new lifesaving crew: Skipper Michael Cecil, RNLI trained lifeguards Ben Jarvis and Richie Heard. We are now in training as this is an unusual situation for the crew to be in, a global crisis on this short stretch of water that our very experienced team will work togaether to help bring the refugees to land safely. THANK YOU!
A world famous artist has made a secret donation to a Belfast charity to buy a rescue boat to help desperate refugees trying to reach Greece from Turkey.
He gave £32,000 to Refugee Rescue who have now secured a rib like the rescue vessels used by the RNLI.
Members of the charity, set up by West Belfast musician Joby Fox and artist Jude Bennett, have been travelling to Greece to help drag terrified families from the Syrian conflict out of the waters around the island.
Joby travelled to Greece last October, unable to bear the idea of not acting to help the refugees and was shocked by the situation that met him.
He said: “We’ve been using a human chain to reach the people who fall in the water, but it’s treacherous for everyone. It’s freezing, frightening and very dangerous. So having this boat will make all the difference.
“It’s the same type as the smaller ones used by the RNLI and it means a skilled crew can actually get out on water as well of having us on shore. It’ll be more effective and safer for everyone.”