Monday 29 May 2017

LÉ Samuel Beckett locates and rescues 130 migrants off the coast of Libya

Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

An Irish naval vessel has rescued 130 migrants during a search and rescue operation off the coast of Libya.

A Defence Forces spokesman confirmed that earlier on Sunday, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, the LÉ Samuel Beckett successfully located and rescued the migrants.

The search and rescue operation took place 22 Nautical Miles north east of Tripoli.

The rescue operation commenced at 11am when the 130 people (Figures subject to confirmation by the Italian authorities) were brought on board the vessel. They are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

The LÉ Samuel Beckett has rescued 780 people since deploying to the area of operations. 

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