LÉ Niamh rescues 183 migrants aboard wooden barge in Mediterranean
Published 27/07/2015 | 14:33
The Irish naval vessel the LÉ Niamh has rescued 243 migrants, 80km off the Tripoli coast this morning.
The migrants, 183 men, 33 women and 27 children were aboard a wooden barge at the time of rescue, a spokesperson for the Defence Forces said.
The operation took just over three hours to complete amid a south easterly wind and "a slight swell".
The LÉ Niamh is currently on stand-by for further operations and is awaiting direction from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.
To date, the LÉ Niamh has rescued 1070 migrants from the Mediterranean since commencing its duties on July 18.
The vessel has a crew of 57 personnel, including two army medics, and is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Daniel Wall.