Thursday 29 September 2016

LÉ Róisín rescues 274 migrants off coast of Tripoli

Catherine Devine

Published 23/05/2016 | 13:33

Crew members of the LE Róisín in protective clothing bring migrants rescued in the Mediterranean back to the safety of the ship. Stock image
Crew members of the LE Róisín in protective clothing bring migrants rescued in the Mediterranean back to the safety of the ship. Stock image

Irish Navy ship LÉ Róisín has rescued 274 migrants from a wooden boat off the coast of Tripoli.

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The migrants, which included 13 women, were rescued from an 18m long wooden vessel craft.

The rescue commenced at 07.31am following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.

It was completed by 11:47 this morning and all migrants are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

Conditions at the time were considered good.

Immediately following the first rescue the LÉ Róisín was re-tasked to assist with a further potential rescue operation of 125 people 29 nautical miles north west of Tripoli.

Once both rescues are complete, the LÉ Róisín will transfer the rescued migrants to the Italian authorities.

The vessel left Ireland at the start of this month and will spend the summer assisting in the Mediterranean.

LÉ Róisín has rescued 125 people to date, on it’s first succesful mission on May 12 on the north east of Tripoli.

The role of the Irish Naval vessel is to provide a search and rescue capability and to undertake humanitarian rescue operations at sea in the Mediterranean.

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