The Unmanned Air System (UAS) Schiebel S-100 Camcopter has been deployed to help save the lives of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea as part of an operation called migrant offshore aid station (MOAS).
Founded by Christopher and Regina Catrambone, MOAS is made up of a group of international humanitarians, security professionals, medical staff and experienced maritime operators who will help in preventing tragedies at sea.
Based in Malta, MOAS has a board of advisors made up of distinguished personalities from various sections of society, and it is dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by offering aid, assistance and medical help to migrants who find themselves in distress while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe boats.
MOAS has started an operation called Phoenix, which will help avoid future tragedies at sea.
Phoenix is a 40m ship-borne aid station equipped with two 6m-long rigid inflatable boats onboard that respond to calls for assistance.
The ship launches the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter to monitor the seas from the sky and provide real-time intelligence to MOAS and the rescue coordination centres (RCC) to offer immediate assistance.
Operated by Schiebel personnel, the Camcopter is equipped with electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) cameras which helps in providing clear images in real-time, day and night, even under adverse weather conditions to locate people in need.
The Phoenix vessel will carry out three operations in central Mediterranean between August and October this year, each lasting two to three weeks.
Schiebel Group chairman Hans Georg Schiebel said: "We are very happy to provide this capability and our experience for MOAS to help people in need.
"With our combined effort we can save the lives of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea and hopefully raise awareness for the situation of migrants worldwide."
Image: The 40m Phoenix is equipped with two 6m-long rigid inflatable boats on board that respond to calls for assistance. Photo: courtesy of MOAS and Schiebel.