Tuesday 28 February 2017

Busy day for LÉ Eithne as 593 migrants are rescued

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

Hundreds of migrants sit on the deck of the LÉ Eithne after being rescued yesterday
Hundreds of migrants sit on the deck of the LÉ Eithne after being rescued yesterday

The crew of the Irish naval vessel the LÉ Eithne had one of their busiest days in the Mediterranean yet as they rescued almost 600 migrants over the course of just nine hours.

Some 593 migrants were rescued by the crew, among them a number of children.

The operation started at 4am Irish time yesterday when the crew of the LÉ Eithne rescued 101 migrants from a rubber craft 50 miles off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

This was quickly followed by a further five rescue operations in the following hours, finishing at around 1pm.

A total of 496 men, 92 women and five children were taken from inflatable craft and transferred safely on to the LÉ Eithne.

The patrol vessel was dispatched to the Mediterranean in mid-May to assist the Italian authorities and has so far rescued 2,729 migrants.

Irish Independent

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