Migrants: Save the Children launches rescue mission

In central Med, specialist staff on board

09 September, 10:04

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, SEPTEMBER 9 - Charity Save the Children has sent the Vos Hestia ship off on its first migrant search and rescue mission in the central Mediterranean Sea. The Italian-flagged ship is 59 m long and is equipped to rescue and host about 300 people at a time.

    Save the Children will supervise the humanitarian operations carried out by the ship and will supply staff including a coordinator, cultural mediators and specialists in infant protection.

    On board, rescued migrants will receive medical assistance, food, water, psychological support and protection for children.

    The Italian Coast Guard will direct the ship towards migrant and refugee boats that need rescuing. Save the Children will also be working closely with all other authorities and organisations operating rescue missions in the Mediterranean.


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