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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.
"My thoughts immediately turned to anybody still below deck on the wooden boat. I proceeded there directly, clambering down through a small hatch at the rear. There was enough light from the small hatches, and my headlamp, to make out a tragic tangle of bodies. At that point training cut in and emotions took a back seat, though the adrenaline flowed. Moving forward I quickly checked each person still above the incoming water, sloshing around in the bottom of the boat, for signs of life. All were dead."
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
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 http://msf.ca/sea and keep up to date with the crew of the Phoenix on our blog http://blogs.msf.org/en/staff/blogs/moving-stories #MSFsea