Infants among 113 migrants rescued by the LÉ Eithne
The crew of the Irish naval vessel the LÉ Eithne have rescued 113 migrants, among them a number of infants, off the coast of Libya.
It was the fifth successful rescue operation the crew have undertaken since they departed from Cork to assist in a humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean in the middle of last month.
So far they have come to the aid of 756 migrants.
The latest rescue took place at 5pm yesterday when the LÉ Eithne, acting on information from the Italian Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre, located a small craft crammed with migrants around 40km north of Tripoli.
The 113 men, women and children were found in a state of distress in a rubber inflatable craft. It took three hours to safely transfer the migrants on to the Irish naval vessel.
A statement from the Irish Defence Forces said the migrants were later transferred to an Italian ship and were brought to a safe port.
The LÉ Eithne then resumed its patrol.