LÉ Samuel Beckett recovers three dead bodies while rescuing 652 migrants
The Irish navy ship, LÉ Samuel Beckett, rescued a total of 652 migrants during search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean.
The navy ship also found three bodies during their mission.
At 6.15am LÉ Samuel Beckett initially rescued the 125 migrants on board the first vessel before moving to a second vessel which contained 95 migrants.
Following the initial two rescues, LÉ Samuel Beckett rescued a further 432 migrants from four rubber crafts, they are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.
LÉ Samuel Beckett will now transfer all 652 rescued migrants, along with the deceased, to a designated Port of Safety.
More than 300,000 refugees have arrived on European shores in 2016 but over 3,500 have died at sea on the crossing, according to the Missing Migrants Project. The Italian Coastguard’s resources are stretched thin across rescue missions and even thinner once refugees reach the shore to be processed.
Rescue figures are provisional until confirmed by Italian authorities.