More than 20,000 men, women and children are estimated to have lost their lives in the past 20 years while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better life. This cannot happen again.
That’s why Moas is born. MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) is a registered Foundation (VO/0939) dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing aid, assistance and medical help to migrants who find themselves in distress whilst crossing the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe boats.
Equipped with a 40-metre boat, two RIBS, two Remote Piloted Aircraft and a highly experienced crew of rescuers and paramedics, MOAS will be able to locate, monitor and assist boats in distress.
The project is headed by Martin Xuereb, Malta’s former Chief of Defence and financed by private individuals who strongly believe in mitigating more disasters at sea.
A couple of weeks ago the MOAS team sailed its 40-metre (130-ft) expedition vessel Phoenix to major migrant shipping lanes and set anchor. From this fixed point the crew will monitor the area using Remote Piloted Aircraft to locate migrant vessels in distress, using sonar, thermal and night imaging. The minute a boat in distress is located, the respective Rescue Coordination Centre will be informed.
The MOAS crew will then assess the needs of the migrants using two RIBs (Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boats) stocked with water, non-perishable food, life jackets, blankets and medical supplies for speedy distribution.
The crossings to Europe are organised by criminal gangs operating largely from Libya. Migrants are placed on rickety boats with very little resources in the hope that they will be rescued by authorities before they dehydrate or drown.
That’s MOAS is going to do.
Find out here how you can donate and help them.