MOAS Conduct Rescue Operations Off The Libyan Coast

POZZOLLO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 22: A wooden boat carrying refugees and migrants waits to be escorted to the Topaz Responder as members of MOAS, Migrant Offshore Aid Station make rescues at sea on November 22nd, 2016 in Pozzollo, Italy. The MOAS team worked through the night and into the next morning rescuing ‘approximately’ 600 people from vessels though that figure could change. MOAS are currently patrolling international waters off the coast of Libya, and running rescue missions for the many migrants and refugees who continue to attempt to make the dangerous crossing across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy. MOAS are a Malta based registered foundation dedicated to providing professional search-and-rescue assistance to refugees and migrants in distress at sea and work alongside with the Red Cross on board the Topaz Responder. The number of deaths this year of people crossing the Mediterranean has risen to almost 4,300. MOAS alone have rescued around 19,000. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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