Thursday 29 September 2016

Irish Navy rescues 433 people from Mediterranean in single day

Tomas Heneghan

Published 29/07/2016 | 19:52

LÉ James Joyce rescues migrants from the water north west of Tripoli
LÉ James Joyce rescues migrants from the water north west of Tripoli
LÉ James Joyce rescues migrants from the water north west of Tripoli. File picture

Some 433 people were rescued by the Irish Naval Service on Friday during operations in the Mediterranean.

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In three operations throughout the day the LÉ James Joyce rescued migrants from the water north west of Tripoli.

The first 25 people were rescued from a wooden vessel north west of Tripoli beginning at 6:20am in an operation that took over half an hour to complete on Friday morning.

A further 130 people were later rescued from a rubber vessel in the same area in which the first operation was carried out and took almost two hours to complete.

The rescued migrants received food, water and medical treatment after being taken on board.

A third recue in the same area, which ran from almost 10am to 1:25pm, saw the LÉ James Joyce successfully recover 278 more people from a rubber craft.

The ship later took on a further 163 people from an NGO vessel named Luventa.

The LÉ James Joyce will transfer all 596 migrants to a designated port of safety where Italian authorities will take over.

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