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“What’s left of this shipwreck?”

Justine, SOS MEDITERRANEE rescuer, was onboard Ocean Viking on April 2021, when the team witnessed the tragic consequences of a shipwreck claiming up to 130 lives. A year later, she wonders: “What’s left of this shipwreck and of the bitter minute of silence on board the Ocean Viking?

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“A taste of salt and bitterness”

Independent professional photographer, Jérémie first embarked onboard Ocean Viking in 2021. He joined SOS MEDITERRANEE’s communication team in February 2022 to continue documenting the tragic reality unfolding in the central Mediterranean. 

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“Voices in the dark.”

Justine first joined the SOS MEDITERRANEE Search and Rescue team in April 2021.

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SOS MEDITERRANEE is a European humanitarian and maritime search and rescue organisation operating in the central Mediterranean. It was founded by citizens in May 2015 in response to the deaths in the Mediterranean and the failure of the European Union to prevent these deaths.

SOS MEDITERRANEE works as a European association with teams in Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland in a European network, jointly financing and operating a rescue ship. From February 2016 to December 2018, SOS MEDITERRANEE chartered and operated the rescue ship Aquarius. Since August 2019, SOS MEDITERRANEE charters and operates the Ocean Viking. Since the launch of our operation, we have assisted more than 34.500 people in distress at sea.