search and rescue

Unaccompanied Minors

“Unaccompanied Minors” rescued by Aquarius roughly fall into two categories: those who are close to 18 and those who are nowhere near that age, travelling without a responsible adult. The younger members of this are as young as nine. Imagine being nine years old and taking local transit alone. Now imagine crossing a continent and a sea by yourself. Or, as we sometimes see, crossing the continent and the sea while caring for up to three younger siblings.

Death

There is an intimacy about living on the boat with the people you have rescued that isn’t present in other projects or jobs. We live with, feed, care for, and hang out with our passengers and patients. When something terrible happens, it hurts all the more.