Friday 28 April 2017

LÉ Róisín rescues over 100 migrants

Irish sailors found the bodies of two women during the rescue of more than 100 migrants from a rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea. Stock image
Irish sailors found the bodies of two women during the rescue of more than 100 migrants from a rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea. Stock image

Alan O'Keeffe

Irish sailors found the bodies of two women during the rescue of more than 100 migrants from a rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea.

The two women, from sub-Saharan Africa, were found lying in the rubber craft by Irish navy personnel who were helping 111 migrants into rescue boats to bring them to the LÉ Róisín shortly before 7am yesterday.

Efforts were made to resuscitate the two women but they were confirmed dead shortly afterwards.

The Irish navy ship went to the scene 60km north west of Tripoli following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

The migrants were given food, water, and medical treatment on board the LÉ Róisín as it set a course for Lampedusa where they will be transferred to the care of the Italian authorities.

Irish Navy spokesman Lt Cdr Caoimhín Mac Unfraidh said those who were rescued "were very weak and had been in the traffickers' chain for a long period of time".

"They had been adrift for 24 hours but they had a very difficult time in the previous weeks," he said.

Irish Independent

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