THE RESQ PROJECT
A new SAR vessel
in the Mediterranean…
…to save lives of whoever needs help, in accordance with the non-negotiable humanitarian principles of Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence and Humanity.
Operations at sea and on land
Activities at sea
Our vessel, the M/V ResQ People, is 300 tons and 39 mt/127 ft long, born as a scientific research vessel, then turned into a Search and Rescue ship under the name of Alan Kurdi.
The ResQ People is currently sailing under German flag and with a crew of 20 people, including maritime professionals and specialized volunteers as doctors and nurses, rescuers, cultural mediators, a logistician and a cook.
On board there are two fast RHIBs (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) to approach the boats in distress, a clinic to provide medical assistance to the survivors, and all the equipment needed to operate a safe rescue.
Activities on land
Our goal on land is to raise awareness about the situation in the Mediterranean Sea and the humanitarian activities of Search and Rescue, to promote and protect human rights and report their violations.
Through our advocacy initiatives – in our communities, schools and university, in public meetings or on the media – we aim to contribute significantly to fostering a more conscious, welcoming society that respects human rights.
MISSION #1 The ResQ People sailed from Burriana on August 7th, 2021 with a crew of 20. 166 men, women and children were rescued in 4 different SAR events. The youngest was 8 months old. They all disembarked on August 18th in Augusta, the Place of Safety assigned by Italian authorities.
MISSION #2 sailed from Porto Empedocle on October 8th, 2021 with a crew of 21, and rescued 59 men, women and unaccompanied minors. One survivor had previous conditions that required a urgent Medical Evacuation. 58 survivors were disembarked on October 15th in Pozzallo, the Place of Safety assigned by Italian authorities.
“We can do this, together”
Luciano Scalettari, Chairman of ResQ People Saving People, Milan
“ResQ is a way of implementing the Italian Constitution”
Gherardo Colombo, Milan