Rescue at Sea

Search and Rescue

Remember little Alan Kurdi, age 3, who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, as he and his family fled war-ravaged Syria? The world looked on in horror at the images of his lifeless body lying on the shore. One year later, the horror hasn’t stopped – children are still drowning. That’s why, as part of our ongoing response to the Child Refugee Crisis, we’re launching a search and rescue ship to save children’s lives.
We’re doing whatever it takes to save children at sea – but we can’t do it without you!


Save the Children has been responding to the Child Refugee Crisis for years, providing desperately needed relief to children and families fleeing Syria and other troubled places, as well as those arriving on Europe’s shores. To address the rising tide of lives lost at sea, we’re now launching a lifesaving ship with special services for children. It’s a 62-foot anchor handler equipped with search and rescue equipment, operated by our specialist crew, capable of rescuing 300 people at a time.

With your help, we aim to reach up to 20,000 children and others at risk of drowning in the next 15 months.

Our crew will SEARCH the treacherous Mediterranean between Italy and North Africa and RESCUE children and families in danger at sea. On board, our team of health care specialists will SAVE lives, with resuscitation and emergency medical treatment. We’ll offer emotional support in our safe spaces for children in distress, as well as food, water and warm clothes and blankets.

Working with the Italian Coast Guard, we’ll bring children and families to the nearest safe port and ensure their ongoing needs are met.

Children are in desperate need right now, most of them sailing alone. With your support of our Child Refugee Crisis Relief Fund, our search and rescue ship can help save their lives at sea.

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"Children are children, first and foremost. Whatever they are fleeing from, they have the right to be safe," — Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children.

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