A third major rescue operation saved many lives today. With mighty force on open seas, 40 kilometers from the Libyan coastal town of Zuwarah, the Dutch Boat Refugee Foundation’s ‘Golfo Azurro’ rescued over 500 refugees from their sinking boats: pregnant women, children, men, and elderly from Syria, Ghana, the Gambia and Yemen, and with many still on the water at the moment. The ‘Golfo Azurru’ reached its maximum capacity, and medical and psychosocial crew aboard provides first aid. Unfortunately many have drowned, and at least seven died aboard the ship due to choking.
Gert-Jan Schaap, Dutch photographer and journalist with the Evangelical Broadcasting Corporation in The Netherlands: ‘It is a dramatic situation, probably the most bizarre day in my life’.
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