“We've gone through a lot of training to keep ourselves safe and ensure survivors feel comfortable onboard after they're rescued,” she said. The crew is providing first aid, comfort, dry clothes, food and blankets to those they rescue.
Eli says that for many years now, lives have been needlessly lost on the long and treacherous Central Mediterranean route between Libya and Europe — the most dangerous migrant route in the world.
In the first nine months of this year, 1,200 people are known to have died trying to cross it in small wooden boats or inflatable dinghies. While these are the officially recorded numbers, it is believed that many more have perished at sea.
Eli says that her biggest hope for this mission is that people will feel safe and cared for while onboard.
“Part of my role is to bear witness to the humanitarian crisis taking place in the Mediterranean Sea. I hope I can do justice to families’ stories about their journeys and shed light on the people who are helping.”