the Crew of the Siem Pilot and Peter Henry von Koss has rescued thousands of refugees from drowning against in the Mediterranean. Today hedres the with the price’s “name” in the VG.
35.023 people. So many children, women and men have the Norwegian ships brought to the safe harbors in Greece or Italy in the course of a year and a half with the Frontex operation in the Mediterranean.
When the ships began service in the summer of 2015, it would be for half a year. But the flow of people on the flight have not abated, and the mission has been extended into 2017.
Da vg’s readers were invited to choose this Year’s Names, there was no doubt: the Crew deserves the prestigious award.
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This is a very nice recognition of the work that is done in the Mediterranean, and a fantastic gift for the teams that are on the ships through christmas, says Torgeir Brenden who was force commander of the Siem Pilot in the summer and in the autumn of 2016.
– This shows that the people here at home have not forgotten about the crisis we are in on the border of Europe. Missions in the Mediterranean is the result of a close and good cooperation between the police, the Armed forces, the shipping company and the Norwegian society for sea rescue, ” he continues.
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the Price is a cheque of 50,000 dollars. The crew wants to give the money on to Red Cross' work for the refugees in and around Aleppo.
this Year’s name in VG is the people’s price.
VG has picked nine candidates, and three are picked out after the nomination from the readers.
The final list was sent to TNS Gallup, which conducted a nationwide poll to announce the winner.
When the responsible editor Torry Pedersen presented the award during a ceremony in which most of the employees in the VG was present in the day, reminded him that the war in Syria has caused the largest flyktningkrisen Europe has experienced since the 2. world war.
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264 Norwegian redningskvinner and -men
The most cynical among the people do what they can to exploit other people’s desperation. They send thousands and thousands of desperate refugees on a dangerous voyage across the sea, in the overlastede space probes that barely keeps afloat – with engine power in the best case, take them midway through, and without protection against cold, wind and waves.
In this drama of life and death out on the sea, is on the job to save as many lives out of the water as possible, ” said Torry Pedersen when he handed over the award to the former force commander Torgeir Brenden.
He and eight others from the crew, received it on behalf of the 264 norwegians who have served on ships since they were put into the rescue for a year and a half ago.
– In a chaos of disorder and distress, in the midst of a battle for life and death, the crew of the Norwegian boats made a formidable effort, ” said Pedersen.
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But he also drew out the fact that the Norwegian operation in the Mediterranean is not just about saving lives.
– the Crew of the Siem Pilot has also provided information to the Italian police about the more than 120 so-called “person of interest”. Italian police have made several arrests based on information from the Norwegian police on board, said Pedersen.
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– This award is a recognition to the crew of the RS Peter Henry von Koss, and to the whole Norwegian society for sea rescue as an organization. We took a brave decision by sending a redningsskøyte to the Mediterranean sea. The vg’s readers will declare it to this year’s names show that it was also a wise decision as the people support, says secretary general in Norwegian society for sea rescue Rikke Lind.
VG has kårets this Year’s names since 1974. Among the previous winners are the women and men who have made an extraordinary humanitarian efforts, or who have distinguished themselves in sports or culture.
Olaf, the King, the policeman, Robin Schaefer, doctor Mads Gilbert, a lawyer, Geir Lippestad, chess master Magnus Karlsen and boating enthusiasts on the island of Utøya are among those who have received the award previously.
the Efforts of the crew of the Norwegian redningsskipene in the Mediterranean sea has been appreciated by more than VG-readers in the year.
In november they were honored with the Human-Ethical associations Humanistpris 2016 for the effort.
a Few days later got everyone who has had service on board also the Police medal for international service.