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Saving migrants at sea from dawn 'til dusk

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>> Rolling very heavily. We're talking about angles of 30, 40 degrees.>> It's just gone, 5 o'clock in the morning local time here on the responder. I'm up on the bridge. We're about 75 miles off the coast of Libya. And we've heard that there are two search-and-rescue vessels in the area.
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CI on the Minden that need our help. The day begins with the crew of the migrant offshore aid station. At first light they'll begin a transfer. Taking men, women and children to Italian shores. Nick is a rescue swimmer ready to dive in.>> Upon initial contact, you still have a bit of a knot in your stomach.
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You don't know how people are gonna react, control is very important for us. We need to be able to take control from the beginning. And we'll just carry out the rescue safely and make sure that, you know, everyone complies. Our instructions are simple. It's just, you know, put on a life jack, sit down, stay calm, and everyone will be rescued.
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>> Here on the main deck, the crew is preparing for the arrival of up to 400 migrants. What they're doing is they're taking wooden and plastic pallets, placing them down on the deck so that the migrants will be elevated from any sea water that could flood the area.
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Above the fast rescue daughter craft which approached the rubber boats, they're named after the Kurdi brothers who drowned at sea, Ghalib and Alan, whose photo made international news. The rescues are managed by John Hamilton, who's worked for MOAS since the beginning.>> If we weren't there, I'd say more lives would be lost.
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When we weren't there, people still crossed. So we can't say that we're encouraging people to cross. It seems to be coming from one place to another. If they find a solution, Libya are they gonna shift someone else until they find a solution? I think they're just gonna keep on coming.
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>> In March, the EU made a deal with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants to Greece. Brussels deeming that a success. But without a stable government, trying to achieve something similar with Libya won't be easy. Regardless, MOAS won't stop saving lives at sea.