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Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
Position: C
Born: 01/29/85
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.5 kg.
Salary: $24,119,025
Marc Gasol will never forget the terrified look on the face of Josefa, the Cameroonian woman left clinging to a piece of wood for 48 hours in the Mediterranean. Josefa was the survivor of a shipwreck about 90 miles off the Libyan coast last Sunday. Rescuers recovered two bodies in the water alongside her, including that of a toddler. “There were pieces of wood and clothes floating in the water,” Gasol told the Guardian. “Then there was that woman, with her elbows resting on a wooden beam. Her eyes were lost in the void. She was weak and in shock. She had been clinging to that piece of wood with her last bit of strength and had remained that way for 48 hours. I thought of this woman, of her strength. And I felt anger.”
“She would have died, after a few minutes, if we had not intervened,” Gasol said by phone from the rescue ship as it sailed for Mallorca. This summer Gasol who, along with his brother Pau, is one of Spain’s most famous athletes, has immersed himself in charity work with NGO Proactiva Open Arms. While many of his fellow NBA stars have spent the summer on the beach, Gasol has chosen to work with migrants in the Mediterranean. Initially the 7ft 1in All-Star chose not to publicize the decision. But then, at the sight of the bodies in the waves and Josefa’s terrified face – and with photos of her rescue having circulated on social media – Gasol stopped holding back. He posted a tweet in which he expressed “anger and frustration” at what he had seen. “It was too important not to tell the world … I could no longer remain silent,” he said. According to the UN, 1,443 people have died or gone missing attempting to cross the Mediterranean so far this year.
After three days at sea, the ship found the wreck that left Josefa stranded in open waters. Gasol did not hold back his emotions when he talked of the recovery of the drowned toddler. “I will never forget that child,” said the 33-year-old. “I am a father. I have children. And I imagine the pain of a father who is forced to face a journey like this where one risks everything, one risks one’s own life, to reach a country where one can live in peace and with dignity.”