EFRU Volunteers assisting Civil Protection during Libya Humanitarian Aid

August 22, 2011 in General

The Emergency Fire & Rescue Unit was part of the humanitarian mission which saw 620 Libyan refugees, stranded in Tunisia, being rescued and taken backhomeafterhavingfled Misurata and Benghazi in the thick of war.
The group of 26 medics and officials, whichincluded3 EFRU Volunteer Maria Vassallo Micallef, Brian Debattista and Josef Mizzi all Section Leaders, left aboard the Maria Dolores catamaran on Tuesday morning and picked up the refugees, out of which 287 were sick or injured and 95 were children with the youngest being a 27 day old baby, from Sfax port in Tunisia with the help of the Maltese Embassy. 200 were dropped off at Misurata and 420 in Benghazi, which was the most dangerous part of the journey since the port is still considered as an active war zone.
The rescue mission came to an end yesterday when the team arrived back at Boiler Wharf in Senglea after a 10 hour long journey from Benghazi.
Well done to the whole team and Thank You to the EFRU Volunteers for the dedication and commitment.