On Chios we are in touch with the Salvamento Marítimo Humanitario from Spain who are there on duty since 2015. They are working tirelessly with a proficient team and they are saving lives every single day. Currently they use a small boat that is only rented. The monthly rent already costs lots of money and thus they urgently need a boat of their own that is also capable to hold more people.
The team is trained on an Atlantic 75, the once standard boat of the RNLI in the UK, a very sturdy, large boat with 2 engines with a capacity of up to 23 people in addition to the crew. Especially as the weather conditions are getting worse people have to be pulled out of the water as quickly as possible.
We’re committed to purchase a used but completely refurbished Atlantic 75 with new engines. This is saving lots of money compared to purchasing a new boat and they are still able to use the boat for a long time, with as little downtime as possible.
We will also provide the lifeguards with much needed tools like stretchers for difficult terrain conditions, floating stretchers and binoculars.
Foto: RNLI Littlehampton, Großbritannien.
Seconds can decide over life and death . If the lifeguards get an emergency call because a boat has capsized , then it has to happen quickly . The cold water is a death sentence, especially for small children after a few minutes . Every day the lifeguards on the coast save many children from drowning or death by hypothermia. Often, however, they have to watch helplessly as they are unable to reach the drowning because they lack fast boats. With your donations we want to bring to Lesbos before Christmas a specially designed rescue boat for coastal areas. UWC Atlantic College in the UK have been making rescue boats since the 1960s, and with your help are sending one from the UK. The 4 metre rigid inflatable is capable of 45km/h and weighs only 100kg. It can be launched easily by 2 people in seconds. It will be powered by an outboard engine kindly supplied by rescuemarine.co.uk and has a propeller cage to protect casualties in the water. It is the standard lifesaving tool at beaches all over the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Please help to make this a reality and help the lifeguards in Lesbos to save people in this desperate situation. Furthermore we want to bring donations to the Turkish side of the Aegean. If the reasons to leave Turkey can be reduced, many would not risk that harrowing and life threatening passage across the Aegean sea.