Brendan Woodhouse knew he was in a race against time as his speedboat plunged through 10 miles of choppy Mediterranean waves. For in the water ahead, their lives ebbing away, were 55 men, women and children. They had travelled in hope of a new, safe life but their flimsy inflatable had sunk. Now, covered in fuel burns, these refugees – two heavily pregnant – who had escaped war, torture and human trafficking, were suffering extreme exhaustion, hypothermia and were close to death. Brendan, a volunteer with the German Sea-Watch organisation, says of the April 9 incident: "It took us over half an hour to get there – a speedboat can only go so fast. "Tragically, we were too late to save 17 and nine of the people we got to safety had seen family members drown. One 17-year-old had lost his 19-year-old brother. We had very serious medical cases who needed immediate evacuation by helicopter and the Italian coastguard. "Seeing people drown in front of you is difficult to deal with but my suffering is secondary. "The main focus is on treating the injured and keeping them alive." Brendan, 46, from Matlock, Derbys, has worked with refugees since 2015, first… Read full this story
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