Irish Navy ship saves over 400 migrants from sea
Published 11/09/2016 | 02:30
An Irish naval vessel yesterday rescued more than 400 migrants as part of its operations in the Mediterranean.
The LE James Joyce and her crew were part of a mission co-ordinated by Italian Maritime Rescue to save almost 2,000 people at risk in 18 separate boats off the coast of Libya. The refugees were trying to enter Europe.
During a five-hour operation, Irish maritime forces pulled 423 migrants on board before offering them food, water and medical attention.
The rescue happened about 40 nautical miles northwest of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
All of the migrants were later transferred to another vessel to free up the LE James Joyce for other rescue operations.
The complex rescues began at 8.40am yesterday, with the final migrant helped on board just before 2pm. The crew was working alongside five other NGO vessels.
The LE James Joyce has now rescued more than 2,300 people since departing the Naval Service headquarters in Cork in July to assist the Italian authorities with humanitarian search and rescue operations for migrants in the Mediterranean.