LÉ Róisín receives additional 240 migrants from Italian vessel following earlier rescue
Published 16/05/2016 | 18:15
Crew from LÉ Róisín have completed their first successful rescue operation off the coast of Italy this morning.
Some 125 migrants were taken aboard the Irish naval vessel after being located 40 nautical miles north east of Tripoli.
The rescue began at 10.47am following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.
The 107 men and 18 women were given food, water and medical treatment where required and the rescue operation concluded at 2.45 pm this afternoon.
According to a Defence Forces spokesperson, they will be transferred to a designated place of safety in due course where they will be administered
Following direction from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre LÉ Róisín rendezvoused with the Italian Naval Vessel ITS Commandante Borsini 5this evening.
LÉ Róisín's crew successfully cross loaded 240 migrants from ITS Commandante Borsini and she is now enroute to an as yet undesignated Port of Safety in Sicily with a total of 365 migrants.