At 4 a.m. in the morning, when it was still dark, a huge luxury cruise ship came to a complete stop in the Mediterranean Sea. Far below, shivering and wet, were seven exhausted refugees in a sinking rubber dinghy. They were survivors from war and savagery, desperate to get to Greece, clinging to hope for a better, healthier life.
This is the scenario that we currently read about and see every day in the media. Only this particular event was not in the news. It so happened that I was on the cruise ship that rescued those Syrian refugees. One comment made later in the morning by the Captain, when explaining why he stopped, touched many of us deeply. He said: “The safety and security of every life at sea is of paramount importance.”Continue Reading