Refugee Rescue’s links to Rathlin

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Refugee Rescue’s links to Rathlin thumbnailRathlin Ferry skipper Michael Cecil who features in True North: The Crossing to be broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland, Monday 30 October at 10.40pm. Michael has recently been elected as Chairman of the Refugee Rescue group which is in running for nomi

RATHLIN Island Ferry Skipper, Michael Cecil, has recently been elected as Chairman of Refugee Rescue, a voluntary search and rescue crew which operates on Lesvos.
And that's only one of the changes made in recent weeks, as the Refugee Rescue charity has found itself the subject of an international drive to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 via The Righteous of the Mediterranean Sea.
The committee has selected more than 60 subjects who have continuously activated during the 'refugees crisis' who provide a humanitarian response to the protection of the lives of migrants, motivated by the universal principle that every person in danger at sea must be rescued and treated with dignity.
The Refugee Rescue crew and rescue boat 'Mo Chara' (My Friend) have helped thousands of people and saved many, many lives at sea, and some of it whilst being followed by BBC NI filmmakers.
Refugee Rescue, co-founded by Belfast musician Joby Fox, came into existence following the news of refugees and migrants drowning in the Mediterranean.
Joby tells the BBC cameras that it was whilst standing among the volunteers on the Lesvos beach waiting for the boats to arrive, he quickly realised the real need was out at sea.


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