Sunday 11 December 2016

Irish navy rescues 128 migrants during two search and rescue operations

Cathal McMahon

Published 03/10/2016 | 18:05

Crew of the LÉ Samuel Beckett. Picture: Irish Defence Forces
Crew of the LÉ Samuel Beckett. Picture: Irish Defence Forces

An Irish naval vessel has successfully located and rescued almost 130 migrants during two search and rescue operations today near Libya today.

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A Defence Forces spokesperson has confirmed that the LÉ Samuel Beckett was called into action by the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.

The first rescue operation commenced at 8.30am where 19 migrants were rescued from the water 42 nautical miles NE of Tripoli, Libya.

The migrants were brought on board LÉ Samuel Beckett, where they received food, water and medical treatment.

LÉ Samuel Beckett. Picture: Irish Defence Forces
LÉ Samuel Beckett. Picture: Irish Defence Forces

These migrant were then transferred to another ship operating in the area, the MV Dignity 1.

In a second operation, 109 migrants were rescued from a rubber craft and brought on board LÉ Samuel Beckett.

The 109 migrants are currently being transferred to the MV Dignity 1.

To date, Irish participation in the humanitarian mission has resulted in the rescue of over 12,500 migrants.

The Defence Forces say all numbers are provisional.

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