Sunday 22 January 2017

Irish navy rescues 329 migrants in Mediterranean

Published 05/09/2015 | 19:19

THE Irish navy rescued 329 migrants in the Mediterranean earlier this afternoon.

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At 4pm Irish time, the LÉ Niamh, completed the rescue of the 329 migrants from 3 vessels approximately 58 kilometres North of Tripoli.

This morning the ship was tasked by the Italian Marine Rescue Co Ordination Centre (IMRCC) to investigate a sighting of three possible migrant vessels.

The ship now has the 329 rescued migrants on board.

There were 317 men, 11 women and one child.

They are all receiving water, food and medical assistance where required.

Conditions at the time were said to be good.

The LÉ Niamh is now en route to the port of Pozzallo and is expected to arrive at 8 am tomorrow.

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