Friday 21 July 2017

LÉ James Joyce rescues 165 migrants from rubber and wooden boats off Tripoli coast

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

The LÉ James Joyce has rescued 165 migrants from three separate vessels during search and rescue operations off the coast of Tripoli.

During the first operation, 15 migrants were rescued from a wooden vessel located off the coast of Tripoli.

The rescue commenced at 6.40am and all migrants were taken on board LÉ James Joyce. The rescued people received food and water on board

The Irish vessel also assisted with the rescue of a further 150 people from two rubber vessels located 40 Nautical Miles NE of Tripoli. The second rescue commenced at 7.50am and all migrants are currently on board.

A further search and rescue operation is currently underway.

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