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December 12, 2018
A crew member of NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue boat embraces Josepha from Cameroon in central Mediterranean...
Mediterranean Sea, Mid-Sea
Pictures of the Year: A picture and its story
A crew member of NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue boat embraces Josepha from Cameroon in central Mediterranean Sea, July 17, 2018. Reuters photographer Juan Medina: "As our rescue boat sighted the wreck of a raft, we saw a woman making an effort to wave, so we knew at least there was life there. It soon became clear she was the only survivor. Face down amid a bunch of loose planks and deflated rubber lay the corpse of a woman in a striped T-shirt and trousers. She had been dead for some time. And there was a four-year-old boy who the boat's doctors said had died just hours before. The survivor was brought aboard in a state of deep shock and treated by doctors. She gave only her first name, Josepha, and said she was from Cameroon. She told doctors she had spent the previous night clinging to the wreckage, singing hymns and praying for deliverance. She would not tell us anything else about herself or the other passengers on the raft, nor did she say how it wrecked. The crew lifted the two dead bodies onto the deck, covered and put them on ice. There was general sadness and the feeling of powerlessness, but also joy at having found Josepha alive. Had we arrived a few hours later, she could have been dead. We've done two rescues during my 29 days on the flagship rescue boat of the Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms. The retired tugboat, built in 1973, patrolled the Mediterranean off Libya's coast to rescue migrants trying to cross to Europe." REUTERS/Juan Medina SEARCH "POY STORY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2018 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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