The MOAS – Migrant Offshore Aid Station – Phoenix, gets ready to embark on another rescue mission

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Image © Helen Jones-Florio

 

Saturday 27th June, 2015, Malta

The Phoenix/MOAS crew get ready to embark on another rescue mission, heading down to the Bouri oil fields, off the coast of Libya. Photographer, Jason Florio, is on board again for his second mission, documenting the migrant rescues.

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Jason Florio – Image © Helen Jones-Florio, Malta

 

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And off they go… image © Jason Florio, onboard the Phoenix

 

Wishing them a very safe journey and the best of luck, out there.

HJF

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Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio (image with thanks to the shipyard manager!)

Press: Jason Florio’s best photograph – African migrants crammed into a boat off Libya

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Image © MOAS_EU/Jason Florio

 

The Guardian: June 25th, 2015

Interview by: Louise Hunt

I was wearing a white protective suit and had my cameras; I looked like a spaceman. I shook their hands and tried to make eye contact, then I climbed on to the engine cover. This is maybe a quarter of those on board. It was only when there was a scuffle that I realised there were people under the decks. I looked down into a black hole, and you could just see people sat on each other’s laps. They were calling: “Please get us out, it’s so hot, we’re suffocating.” It was like the old pictures you see of slave ships. They’d been like that for 14 hours… .’ Jason Florio – read the full interview here

Related post: Youtube – MOAS rescues migrants from a dinghy at night – footage by Jason Florio for MOAS_EU

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