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MSF doctors search to rescue migrant boats in Mediterranean

MSF doctors Simon Bryant and Erna Rijnierse are on a boat every day in the Mediterranean sea. They are looking for migrant boats, hoping to rescue them and provide medical care. We hear their dramatic stories aboard the MY Phoenix vessel.
MSF Dr. Erna Rijnierse aboard rescue ship says migrants risking their lives on boats, floating in the Mediterranean "are like you and me who see no other alternative to a better life."
We've had a total of 1441 people come through the MY Phoenix.- Dr. Simon Bryant, on rescuing migrants on MSF rescue vessel

MSF doctors Simon Bryant and Ema Rijinierse delight in witnessing Eritrean migrants,seeing land for the first time in days.

The migrants are on board the MY Phoenix, a rescue vessel run by Medecins Sans Frontiers and a European charity, Migrant Offshore Aid Station. They were rescued from the Mediterranean, a journey that's claimed the lives of more than 1700 migrants since the start of the year.  

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      Canadian doctor Simon Bryant, and colleague Erna Rijnierse are both doctors working with MSF on the MY Phoenix rescue ship in the Mediterranean. We reached them in Malta.

      This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.