In October 2014, Italy ended its Mare Nostrum operation to rescue stricken migrants in the Mediterranean. With thousands of lives at risk, one man decided to take matters into his own hands. Klaus Vogel left his job at the merchant navy, chartered a boat and with his crew started to save people making the dangerous crossing from the Libyan coast. Thus the NGO "SOS Mediterranean" was born. To date, it has saved at least 18,000 migrants. Klaus Vogel tells FRANCE 24 his incredible story.
Prepared by Narimène Laouadi and Hanane Saïdani