Seafarer meets his four-month old baby for the first time

Finally reunited, Leo with his wife Ethil and their son Ezrah

Seafarer Leo Laurente cuddles his four-month old baby for the very first time, having returned home to the Philippines from a nine-month contract at sea.

Leo, whose story we shared on the SMI website last week as he prepared to meet his son, Ezrah, for the first time, was supported by maritime charity Sailors’ Society while he was docked in the UK.

He said: “No words can describe how happy I am to finally meet, touch, carry, kiss and hug my little boy. To see his sweet smile for the first time is so precious.”

Sailors’ Society’s CEO Stuart Rivers said: “Many people don’t realise that almost everything we use and own comes by sea, transported by seafarers like Leo, who make huge sacrifices to bring us what we need.”