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Podcast: "One day, 52 senseless deaths"
"One day, two wooden boats, one rubber dinghy, one helivac, over a thousand people rescued by three ships, and fifty-two perfectly senseless deaths."
The story heard in this week's episode comes from a blog Simon kept while aboard the Phoenix, a ship MSF ran in partnership with Migrant Offshore Aid Station.
This extract is taken from 'Yet again', published 31 August 2015.
Read more about Simon's time on the Mediterranean in our 'Moving Stories' blog about the European refugee crisis.
Photos of Simon during his mission on board the Phoenix
Simon assists in the transfer of three unconscious people rescued from a wooden fishing boat to the Phoenix in July 2015. Gasoline fumes cause many people to lose consciousness on the overcrowded fishing vessels used to make the journey.
Taking a rest after a long day. The night sky is incredible in the middle of the sea. Thank you all so much for joining us today! For a recap of today’s events visit our live blog https://msf.ca/sea and keep up to date with the crew of the Phoenix on our blog https://blogs.msf.org/en/staff/blogs/moving-stories #MSFsea
One of the three boats that MSF helped to rescue on 26 August 2015. Simon and MSF nurse Mary-Jo Fawley descended into the hull of this boat to discover dozens of dead bodies.
Simon holds a consultation for a patient in the clinic on board the Phoenix after being rescued at sea. This man suffered an injury as a consequence of a beating in Libya.
Video footage captured by the Swedish coastguard, 26 August 2015
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