Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) Rescue Boats Zeta and Chiara Handover Ceremony Held in Kos.
Rescue boats Zeta and Chiara were officially delivered from DGzRS (German Maritime Search and Rescue Service) to HRT in a beautiful ceremony held in Kos, Greece, on Sunday, 12 November 2017.
The two vessels were donated to HRT in June and November 2016 – Chiara arrived first and Zeta followed.Since then they have been operated in Kos by the HRT volunteers on the island, supporting the Hellenic Coastguard. Zeta and Chiara arrived in Kos in a time when HRT’s rescue station did not have any means to deliver search and rescue missions at sea, in order to save the refugees who were trying to cross the Aegean.
Since then, the small, but enthusiastic, group of HRT volunteers have performed 17 rescue missions, under the command of the Coastguard, and have helped more than 200 people to reach the shore safely.
“When we first came to Greece two years ago, we saw ordinary people doing something extraordinary”, said Udo Fox, Chairman of the IMRF and CEO of DGzRS. He continued:
We saw a country suffering from an economic crisis, facing a humanitarian crisis of such a dimension. Nobody would think this could happen in Europe. Reading the news, or watching TV, is one thing. Being personally involved is a totally different story. We were impressed by the altruistic attitude that Greece widely showed.