Far from home, Louisiana man and his wife stop people going missing at sea

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  1. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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    A New Orleans, Louisiana millionaire and his wife are saving migrants in trouble on the Mediterranean sea.

    It began when the couple, who now live on the Island of Malta, and their daughter were cruising on the warm sea, and saw a winter jacket floating in the water. The captain explained to them that it probably belonged to one of the thousands of people who set sail from the coastal countries of the North African continent each year, trying to make it to Spain, Italy or Malta. Many die at sea.

    Loved ones left behind frequently remain in limbo, simply never hearing from their family member again, and with nowhere to report them missing, or find out if they have been found.

    Regina 'Egle' Liotta Catrambone (who is Italian) and her husband Chris Catrambone, along with their daughter, Maria Luisa, decided to do something about it.

    'Since then the couple, who are in their 30s, have drawn deeply from their own pockets to fund a highly-sophisticated ship, the Phoenix, based in Malta, where they live. It has dinghies and two state-of-the art drones which they are using to find and help migrants trying to enter Europe by boat, mostly from Africa.'

    So far a 60-day search and rescue mission has been conducted by their organization, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), and the couple now hope to raise more funds for all-year-round operations; they've spent just under $3million of their own money, and reached the end of their budget.

    Some citizens in Europe are concerned the operation will simply encourage more people to undertake the perilous journey, but Chris says:

    "The goal of the project is to alleviate the needless suffering of thousands of people seeking a safe and stable new home."

    http://www.christophercatrambone.com/biography/

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28953237
     

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  3. FigTree

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    Just WOW.
    Kudos to them!
    Its such a massive task they have taken on and committed to.
    Thanks for the article zwieb.
     

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