IamA former Chief of Defence now heading MOAS, an NGO that saves refugees in the Mediterranean Sea using drones. AMA!
I am Martin Xuereb, director of Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), a search and rescue charity that specialises in saving lives at sea.
MOAS (www.moas.eu) operates in the Mediterranean Sea, the most dangerous border crossing in the world. At least 5,000 men, women and children have drowned trying to make the journey from North Africa to Europe since 2014.
In a few months of operation, MOAS has already saved almost 8,000 men, women and children from crammed unseaworthy vessels sent out to sea by ruthless smugglers.
We conduct maritime Search and Rescue operations from a 131-foot vessel, the M.Y. Phoenix. Our vessel is managed by an experienced crew of rescuers and kitted out with state-of-the-art drones, two high-speed rescue boats, a fully-stocked clinic, and lots of other search and rescue equipment. On board, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) provide the people we save with post-rescue care.
Go on, AMA!
EDIT: Thanks for the questions. Got to get back to work now. I will try and get to the last few questions and messages later if I can. Keep following us on @moas_eu and moas.eu.