Onboard the Ocean Viking – Guillaume’s Diary: “Today is a sunny day”

Guillaume is an SOS MEDITERRANEE rescuer currently onboard the Ocean Viking for his second mission. He tells us about his daily life and work on board.


Today is a sunny day. We have stained the blue carpet of the sea with our orange lifeboats and flotation equipment. Dozens of life jackets, “bananas” (flotation devices) and rafts are like pixels mixed with the reflection of the sun’s light on the water.

From the deck of the Ocean Viking, where I am in charge of preparing the necessary equipment for the rescue team at sea, I look forward to training on the water too one day. I observe the comings and goings of the rescue boats and keep a sharp ear out for my radio in case the rescue (simulated this time) gets complicated. Together with my teammates Massimo and Jean, we’re on the lookout on deck. On the water, everything is quite intense. One training in the morning, one training in the afternoon. Some of us will sleep like a baby tonight!

On the following days, we complete the preparations and I am still impatiently waiting. There is a long way to go coming from Marseille. As much time spent out of the Libyan Search and Rescue region doing what we can. We passed Lampedusa last night.

Photo credits: Laurence Bondard / SOS MEDITERRANEE

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Guillaume is a 33-year-old French member of the SOS MEDITERRANEE team onboard the Ocean Viking. Before becoming a seafarer, Guillaume worked in paramedical centres for rehabilitation through sports for physically or mentally ill people. He believes this experience gave him the opportunity to get close to people in need, to feel their sensitivities, understand and help them. In the past two years he has been a seafarer and a skipper working on charter boats and delivering sailing boats across the Atlantic. Aside from this, he also had different professional fishing experiences as well as sailing traditional ringing sailing boats in Brittany and Normandy, which he did until he joined SOS MEDITERRANEE in 2019. Guillaume became part of the Search and Rescue team on the fourth mission of the Ocean Viking in November 2019.