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Aid worker describes chaos of night-time refugee rescue

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 01:02

The aid group Medecins sans Frontieres releases a video showing dinghies full of panicked migrants trying to jump onto rescue boats. Subtitled rough cut – Subtitled (no reporter narration).

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SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) MSF worker Sebastian Stein describes the rescue of panicked migrants in the Mediterranean. "We had the boats coming directly at us, completely full of panicked people. It was so stressful for everyone that they jumped onto us and we had to pull people out of the water. And then when they came to our rescue vessel here, everyone was in a state of panic and started climbing and fighting and it was a complete, a complete mess." "We had to rescue nine boats plus a small wooden boat but in the area there was an additional maybe 10 other boats. It was an incredible, incredibly complicated situation. Several rescue vessels got involved in the end. But I have never seen anything like this in my time here in the central Mediterranean. Never." More than 2,400 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year.

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Aid worker describes chaos of night-time refugee rescue

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 01:02