In The Same Boat

by Francesco zizola

Mediterranean Sea, 27 August 2015, Migrants on the deck of the MSF Bourbon Argos, which is sailing towards Italy. The Argos has more than 700 migrants on board.

Mediterranean Sea, 27 August 2015, Migrants on the deck of the MSF Bourbon Argos, which is sailing towards Italy. The Argos has more than 700 migrants on board.

In 2015 the ever-increasing number of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean on unseaworthy vessels towards Europe led to an unprecedented crisis. Nearly 120 thousand people reached Italy in the first eight months of the year.

As European governments have struggled to deal with the influx the death toll in the Mediterranean hit record numbers.

Mediterranean Sea, 21 August 2015, A rigid-hulled inflatable boat (or RIB) of the Italian Navy approaches the Bourbon Argos to transfer rescued migrants onto the MSF ship.

Mediterranean Sea, 21 August 2015, A rigid-hulled inflatable boat (or RIB) of the Italian Navy approaches the Bourbon Argos to transfer rescued migrants onto the MSF ship.

Mediterranean Sea, 26 August 2015, A wooden fishing vessel sailing from Libya and carrying more than 500 migrants is approached by the MSF Bourbon Argos search and rescue ship.

Mediterranean Sea, 26 August 2015, A wooden fishing vessel sailing from Libya and carrying more than 500 migrants is approached by the MSF Bourbon Argos search and rescue ship.

Early in May the international medical relief organization Médecins Sans Frontières (M.S.F.) joined in the Mediterranean search and rescue operations launching three ships at different stages: the Phoenix (run by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station), the Bourbon Argos and Dignity.

Mediterranean Sea, 21 August 2015, Rescued migrants spend the night on the deck of the MSF Bourbon Argos search and rescue ship.

Mediterranean Sea, 21 August 2015, Rescued migrants spend the night on the deck of the MSF Bourbon Argos search and rescue ship.

Mediterranean Sea, 23 August 2015, After spending two days and two nights on the MSF Bourbon Argos, rescued migrants catch sight of the Italian coast for the first time.

Mediterranean Sea, 23 August 2015, After spending two days and two nights on the MSF Bourbon Argos, rescued migrants catch sight of the Italian coast for the first time.

Mediterranean Sea, 26 August 2015, Migrants on board a wooden fishing vessel carrying over 500 people and sailing from Libya are transferred onto the MSF Bourbon Argos.

Mediterranean Sea, 26 August 2015, Migrants on board a wooden fishing vessel carrying over 500 people and sailing from Libya are transferred onto the MSF Bourbon Argos.

Mediterranean Sea, 26 August 2015, Migrants on board an overcrowded rubber dinghy sailed from Libya are transferred onto the MSF Bourbon Argos. After the second rescue of the day, the Argos has more than 700 migrants on board.

Mediterranean Sea, 26 August 2015, Migrants on board an overcrowded rubber dinghy sailed from Libya are transferred onto the MSF Bourbon Argos. After the second rescue of the day, the Argos has more than 700 migrants on board.

 

As European governments have struggled to deal with the influx the death toll in the Mediterranean hit record numbers

Mediterranean Sea, 21 August 2015, A migrant overwhelmed and exhausted on the deck of the MSF Bourbon Argos after being rescued from a sinking rubber dinghy carrying 95 people in the SAR (Search And Rescue area) of the Mediterranean Sea.

Mediterranean Sea, 21 August 2015, A migrant overwhelmed and exhausted on the deck of the MSF Bourbon Argos after being rescued from a sinking rubber dinghy carrying 95 people in the SAR (Search And Rescue area) of the Mediterranean Sea.


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