search and rescue

Bringing home the rescue-zone

Friends and journalists have asked how this MSF experience has affected me. I’ve often dodged the question by saying that it’s not about me. And truly, although a torrent of others’ pain has passed me by, I certainly haven’t been working in a war zone. For now, friends seem more dear, and the plight of many people strikes me as even more tragic, than before this mission. For the record and in fact, I’m fine. Let’s get back to those who aren’t.

August 5th and 6th, 2015

In the early afternoon of Wednesday August 5th an overloaded boat capsized in the southern Mediterranean. The MSF ship Dignity 1 arrived just twenty minutes later to assist, a helicopter dropped life rafts, and every effort was made by everybody involved to save every human life possible. By day’s end 399 people were rescued, 25 bodies were recovered, and up to 200 people were presumed to have drowned.