Art. 6. The boats which, at their own risk and peril, during and after an engagement pick up the shipwrecked or wounded, or which, having picked them up, convey them on board a neutral or hospital ship, shall enjoy, until the accomplishment of their mission, the character of neutrality, so far as the circumstances of the engagement and the position of the ships engaged will permit.
The appreciation of these circumstances is entrusted to the humanity of all the combatants.
The wrecked and wounded thus picked up and saved must not serve again during the continuance of the war.