José María Zubía Ciagarán, Mari or Aita Mari was a sailor and fisherman who became a hero due to the sea rescues he took part on. Throughout his life, he joined countless rescues. He deceased on the 9th of January 1866, after saving the life of some sailors, in an extraordinary storm that hit the Cantabrian sea.

For us it is clear: People always save the People.

Following the trail left by this sailor, SMH has a target: to work in the “death row” of the Mediterranean Sea. In the last year more than 2.000 people lost their lives in this place. (*)

The policy established by the European Union through the resolutions of the European Council, is to only control the migrants flow. This is shown by an ACTIVE ATTITUDE of containment, by using the Mediterranean Sea as a natural barrier where the high mortality in its waters would mean a prevention for those who extend their hand asking for help to the other shore. This way, we condemn them to slavery, war, sexual violence, organ trafficking and finally, death.

In view of the growing lack of concern of the European authorities who are far from providing a dignified and effective solution to the current and growing crisis, the independent organizations are the only force, working on their own, to avoid the greatest genocide of this century.

We do not have the solution to conflicts, but we cannot remain blank to so much suffering and death of those who find no other alternative but to risk their lives in the sea, fleeing a certain death in their countries of origin.

We kindly ask you to come with us in this project of life since we need the help of those who believe, that a lack of future in your born place is not a reason to lose life.

We are volunteers, we do work by dedicating our time and money to a necessary human cause, and we definitely need the help of every single person who wants to help us to save lives.

We are going to report every detail concerning the project. We want everyone to be a part of it. So if you agree, we invite you to follow the project and to make a donation at:

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(*) The official figures do not include those who have disappeared in the sea. Only recovered bodies are counted. So it is easy to reckon that the estimated number of drowned people is at least twice as the official number.


We are SMH, a rescue and healthcare association working in the Aegean Sea since November 2015.

We work and develop a philosophy based on voluntary work, solidarity and humankind. It prompted us to rescue those that have lost everything and want to find a way to continue with their life.

For further information concerning SMH (click here)


MAYDAYTERRANEO Aita Mari project needs an equipped boat, part of the crew must be professional, fuel for every 25 days tide, equipment and food for the ship crew and resources to serve with guarantee those we are going to rescue. It is a total amount of 40.000 € per month.

It is necessary to strengthen and spread out the work to avoid further deaths in the area.

You can also make a direct contribution by BANK TRANSFER

IBAN: ES92 3035 0235 22 2350038982  BIC/SWIFT: CLPEES2MXXX

Altogether, we are going to save lives.


Our decision to go to the central Mediterranean sea is born of the needs that are showing up in the area, as a result of a convulsive and difficult international situation that is dragging so many people to risk their lives in this region (water).

For further information, please follow this link where you will find a memory with the analysis of the situation and the reasons why we think it necessary to take this step. You will also find the budget details and the human and material requirements of this project.


In Maydayterraneo-Aita Mari we provide all the information about our project because we understand that it is another tool to participate in society. We are held accountable for everyone supporting the defense of life and human rights at sea.

Maydayterraneo-Aita Mari is a project managed by the NGO Salvamento Marítimo Humanitario (SMH). In this way, to know more about the income and expenses of the project, we invite you to visit the SMH website, in its Transparency tab.
You could find further infornation about this project and other actions by the NGO:

The 2018 fiscal year will be updated as soon as possible to comply with our defense of transparency.