SEA PUNK I set sail with our medical team
Due to the lack of legal escape routes, over a hundred thousand people fleeing wars and violence have to take the perilous route across the Mediterranean every year. In completely overcrowded, unseaworthy boats, they often drift on the sea for days in storms, heat and cold without enough food and drink. Thousands of people lose their lives every year on this route. Instead of rescuing, the European coast guards usually brutally push the boats of the refugees away. That is why civilian ships like the “SEA PUNK I” are needed for sea rescue.
On board, Medical Volunteers International e.V. provides professional medical staff and a medical container to care for them. This is a cooperation project with the association “Sea Punks e.V.”, who operate this rescue ship.
- Emergency care
- First aid training
- Primary health care
- Documentation of human rights violations
- 1 doctor
- 1 paramedic
- Medical treatment station in a container on board
- Medical material and equipment
For our Project on “SEA PUNK I”
Civilian rescue at sea
The flight route across the Mediterranean is life-threatening and unbelievably exhausting. Crammed together on unseaworthy boats, people sometimes drift for days in storms, cold, heat and rain without food, drink or medicine on the open sea, far from any hope of rescue. If at all, the refugees are often found in extremely critical conditions. From dehydration, hypothermia or heat stroke to severe burns or resuscitation: in sea rescue missions, the team must be prepared for anything and the ship must be equipped in the best possible way to be able to help quickly and effectively.
That’s why the two associations Sea Punks and Medical-Volunteers International quickly realized that more can be achieved if each of the organizations involved contributes what it can do best to save as many lives as possible in the Mediterranean.