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Rescue people in distress. Protect survivors. Bear witness at sea.



Snapshots from the Mediterranean

Jérémie, photographer onboard Ocean Viking, invites us in an immersive …

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“One rescue led to another and when the sun started to rise, boats in distress kept appearing on the horizon.”

In about 36 hours the Ocean Viking rescued 623 people in 15 separte operations leading to the biggest operation of her history. Amine, rescuer on board during this mission recalls this very intense moment where he lost completly track of time.

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[Eyes of the photographer] “No boat, no wreck, no remains, no bodies. The question we all had in mind was: what happened to them? “

On May 25th 2023, the Ocean Viking was involved in a long joint operation  with the rescue ship Life Support and Sea Bird aircraft to search for a boat in distress reported by Alarm Phone with approximately 500 women, men and children on board. Camille, photographer on board the Ocean Viking recalls these hours of tense search.  

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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.