Aquarius SAR: Winter conditions and high seas
ITALY 2016 © Kevin McElvaney
MSF and SOS Mediterannee search and rescue personnel transfer an infant child to their dinghy in appalling conditions in the Mediterranean sea, 28 December 2016, as they help a boat in distress full of refugees and migrants off the northern coast of Libya.

In 2016, MSF teams on board of Dignity, Bourbon Argos and Aquarius (in partnership with SOS Mediterranee) have directly rescued 21,603 people and assisted 8969, a total of 30,572 in more than 200 different operations.

Despite winter weather and rough seas migrants and refugees are continuing through December to attempt the perilous crossing from Libya to mainland Europe.