Malta, 31 October 2014 – As part of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)
operation Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) helped to
save the lives of over 2800 refugees in the Mediterranean Sea during several
Between August and October 2014 the expedition vessel Phoenix, carrying the
CAMCOPTER® S-100 on board, conducted three operations in the central Mediterranean
Sea, each lasting two to three weeks. The final mission of this season was successfully
completed on 31st October, saving the life of 331 refugees.
MOAS took the migrants on board, where medical staff provided first aid, blankets, food
and water. After that all migrants have been handed over to the Italian Authorities.
Since it began operating, MOAS – with the help of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS – has
located and rescued 2851 migrants from distressed boats crossing the Mediterranean
MOAS is a private NGO initiative to save lives in the Mediterranean Sea, one of the
world’s deadliest border crossings. Its aim is to provide assistance at sea in co-ordination
with the Rescue Coordination Centres in the region. A ship-borne aid station, named
Phoenix, was made available to support refugee vessels in need.
Phoenix has two 6-metre rigid inflatable boats on board that respond to calls for
assistance. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 is launched from on board the ship to locate and
identify boats in distress. The UAS then provides imagery in real-time, day and night and
even under adverse weather conditions. Operated by Schiebel personnel, the EO/IR
camera submits essential data to locate people in need. With the help of the unmanned
helicopter the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) can be informed and provide help
The mission radius was implemented in a strategic geographic location on the central
Mediterranean route, affected by migratory flows departing from the Southern