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Sunday 4 December 2016

Rescued woman gives birth to baby girl Destiny on board LE Niamh

Published 21/07/2015 | 22:30

Defence Minister Simon Coveney addresses the crew of the LÉ Niamh before they leave for the Mediterranean
Defence Minister Simon Coveney addresses the crew of the LÉ Niamh before they leave for the Mediterranean

A rescued woman went into labour and gave birth four weeks early on the LE Niamh this afternoon.

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The woman gave birth to a baby girl at approximately 5.46pm, with help from Irish medics Paul O'Connell and Conor Kilbride.

The baby girl, who was named Destiny, and her mother were transferred to an Italian Coast Guard vessel which sailed to the Port of Trapani, Sicily so the mother and baby could receive post-natal care as soon as possible.

Yesterday, the LE Niamh rescued 256 migrants, including 13 females and eight children, from a wooden barge.

A further 114 people, including 62 women and 7 children, were collected from a Médecins Sans Frontiéres vessel also deployed to the Mediterranean on a rescue mission.

The LE Niamh is now transporting a total of 369 people to Palermo where it is expected to arrive at 7am tomorrow.

The crew departed Ireland on Friday, July 10 and replaced the LE Eithne's rescue mission.

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