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05-09-2016 | Latest News , Europe

350 migrants rescued today from unsafe boats in the Mediterranean Sea; Seven tragic deaths


Calmer seas over the past week have seen an increase in the number of people risking the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean to seek safety in Europe. 

The life-saving missions of the Phoenix and Responder are a partnership between the Italian Red Cross, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), an independent charity.

On the Responder, IFRC aid workers from Italy, Switzerland and New Zealand provide post-rescue support including first aid, medical care, food, water, dry clothes and blankets. On the Phoenix, post-rescue care is carried out by Italian Red Cross volunteers and staff. 

Rosemarie North, emergency delegate for the IFRC, is on the Responder, a vessel operated by MOAS on which the Red Cross is providing post rescue support to migrants.

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