Friday 9 December 2016

First successful rescue for crew of LÉ Róisín

Published 17/05/2016 | 02:30

The crew of the LÉ Róisín has rescued 125 migrants in its first operation since being deployed to the Mediterranean.

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The migrants, 107 men and 18 women, were last night receiving food and water on board the Irish naval ship.

They were travelling in a rubber craft and were located around 40 nautical miles north east of Tripoli.

Following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, the rescue operation started shortly before 11am yesterday and all the migrants were aboard the LÉ Róisín within four hours.

They were last night being brought ashore, where they will be transferred to the Italian authorities.

It was the first successful operation undertaken by the crew of the LÉ Róisín since the ship began search and rescue operations on May 12.

The migrants, 107 men and 18 women, were last night receiving food and water on board the Irish naval ship
The migrants, 107 men and 18 women, were last night receiving food and water on board the Irish naval ship

The vessel left Ireland at the start of this month and will spend the summer assisting in the Mediterranean.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland said the crew of the LÉ Róisín were "adding to the proud record of the Naval Service responding to the humanitarian crisis".

Irish Independent

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