More than 2,000 migrants have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea already in 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration. As the Mediterranean migrant crisis continues in the face of apparent government inaction, a private organization has stepped in to help.
Founded by American millionaire Christopher Catrambone and his Italian wife Regina Catrambone, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) aims to provide search and rescue assistance to the thousands of people fleeing conflict and economic hardship in the Middle East and Africa.
In this extra scene, Simon Ostrovsky sits down with Norman Lowell, the founder and head of Malta's far-right anti-immigration political party Imperium Europa to talk about the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, and his thoughts on operations like MOAS.
VICE News is closely watching the international migrant crisis. Check out the Open Water blog here.