In the past two years over 300,000 migrants and refugees have fled war and persecution in Africa and the Middle East by sea, usually bound for Europe. Chris Catrambone has made it his personal mission to make sure no one dies along the way.
Catrambone isn’t a naval commander or a Coast Guard captain. He’s a 33-year-old millionaire who’s chosen to get in the middle of the international migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.
About two years ago, Catrambone swapped his million dollar yacht for a fishing trawler, assembled an experienced search and rescue team, and personally financed the first $8 million mission.
“We could have bought another house, we could have done whatever it is rich people do,”Catrambone tells Nightline on Fusion. “But those things for us weren’t meaningful. This was more meaningful.”