Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol participated in the rescue of a migrant woman adrift in the Mediterranean Sea last Sunday.
The woman from Cameroon was the survivor of a shipwreck and was clinging to a piece of wood for 48 hours.
I interviewed for @guardian the @memgrizz @NBA star @MarcGasol who could not watch a humanitarian crisis from the sidelines and jumped on board of @openarms_fund rescue boat to save #migrants in the #Mediterranean https://t.co/YgYQp1Ze0u@GuardianUS @guardian_sport #Refugees
— Lorenzo Tondo (@lorenzo_tondo) July 19, 2018
Gasol was part of the Spanish nonprofit organization Proactiva Open Arms, whose mission is to rescue refugees and migrants trying to get to Europe from Africa and the Middle East.
Frustration, anger, and helplessness. It’s unbelievable how so many vulnerable people are abandoned to their deaths at sea.
Deep admiration for these I call my teammates at this time @openarms_fund pic.twitter.com/TR0KnRsrTE
— Marc Gasol (@MarcGasol) July 17, 2018
Gasol and other members of the crew jumped into the water to recover the bodies of two other migrants. The United Nations estimates that 1,410 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Those Gasols were raised right.
— Oscar Camps (@campsoscar) July 19, 2018