One of the Phoenix drones taking off
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The millionaires searching the Med for migrants

Each year, thousands of migrants try to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe from north Africa - but many of them do not survive the journey.

Almost 2,000 migrants have died in these waters since the start of the year, 1,600 of them since the beginning of June, according to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.

Now a philanthropist couple from Malta have launched what they say is the world's first privately funded boat to help migrants in trouble at sea.

Regina and Chris Catrambone showed BBC News around their yacht, the Phoenix.

Camera: Daniel Gordon; Editing: Dave O'Neill. Producers: Mario Cacciottolo, Daniel Gordon.

  • 29 Aug 2014
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