On February 18 and 19, the Ocean Viking, operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS Mediteranee, has rescued 274 survivors from Bangladesh, Marocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, among them were 58 unaccompanied minors and 3 pregnant women.
“What stood out to me was how distressed the people were when they got onto our boat.”, said Hannah Wallace, MSF Communications Manager onboard the ocean Viking. “Our teams really had to physically help the people to get into the shelter.”
After the third rescue on February 19, the Ocean Viking started heading North, as the weather conditions start to deteriorate.
The Ocean Viking sent a first request for a Place of Safety for survivors of all three rescues to the Libyan JRCC on Wednesday 19/02 - copying in that request : Italy MRCC, Malta MRCC, OV Flagstate – but received no answer and renewed the Place of Safety request later in the evening directly to Italy MRCC, Malta MRCC, Libyan JRCC, copying in Eunavformed and OV flagstate.
Please find attached and under this WeTransfer link the B-Roll, capturing details of the three latest rescues of the Ocean Viking as well as interviews with Hannah, MSF Communications Manager and Catherine, MSF Medical Team leader: https://wetransfer.com/downloads/4ad8b51cba5ce9009d5a4ef72f72d52b20200221141630/aaee2b
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