“The Baltic Route is coming and I’m still blown away! I have prepared some warm clothes (doesn’t matter that it’s August, I’m Greek, we don’t survive in the North). Come explore with us some of the most beautiful, but overlooked countries in Europe!” – Achilleas
The Baltic Sea is one of the world’s busiest seas in terms of traffic. Luna and Achilleas could witness it when they took the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn. At any time over 2000 large vessels are crossing it: oil tankers, cargo ships and cruise ships, without mentioning all other smaller boats. The fact that the Baltic is a difficult sea to navigate (shallow waters, half of them frozen during winter) doesn’t make it any easier. Having well prepared rescue services is therefore vital for the region.
The thing is that Estonia lost most of its maritime rescue organisations during the Soviet era, when the sea was closed off to the country’s citizens. So, when people started going out again after the independence, training support by Finland’s well-established voluntary search and rescue service was most welcome.