Wednesday 24 May 2017

LÉ Niamh en route to Italian port following rescue of 125 migrants

Credit: Irish Defence Forces
Credit: Irish Defence Forces
Credit: Irish Defence Forces
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Irish naval ship LÉ Niamh is currently travelling to Augusta in Sicily following the rescue of 125 people from an inflatable vessel yesterday afternoon.

The "dehydrated" and "distressed" migrants were travelling in a highly overloaded craft some 115km north-west of Tripoli just after midday Irish time.

All 125 - including seven children - were transferred successfully to the naval ship where the crew dispatched water, food and medical attention where necessary.   

It is understood the migrants were from a number of sub-Saharan African countries including Ghana, Mali, Ivory Coast and Togo.

In a seperate operation, at 5pm Irish time, the LÉ Niamh was then tasked to take a further estimated 375 persons from the Italian vessel the Mimbelli. 

The ship is now en route to Augusta on the direction of the Italian Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC) ​. 

Credit: Irish Defence Forces
Credit: Irish Defence Forces
Credit: Irish Defence Forces

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