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Maltese couple begin rescue service for migrants in Mediterranean

September 01, 2014

Inspired by Pope Francis, a wealthy couple from Malta has bought and equipped a ship to rescue migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea.

Cristofer and Regina Catrambone invested about €4 million ($5.2 million) of their own funds in a 140-foot ship, equipped with medical equipment, fast inflatable boats, and drone surveillance helicopters to search the seas.

Their investment brought its first dividend this weekend, when their Phoenix 1 picked up more than 220 migrants, mostly from Syria and Palestine, whose overcrowded boat was floundering. The rescuers handed over their charges to the Italian navy.

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