Wednesday 26 July 2017

LÉ Samuel Beckett recovers three dead bodies while saving 269 during search and rescue operation

Picture from the scene. Pics via Press Military
Picture from the scene. Pics via Press Military
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

LÉ Samuel Beckett has recovered three dead bodies while rescuing 269 migrants off the coast of Tripoli.

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ Samuel Beckett located and rescued a total of 269 migrants from two rubber vessels off the coast of Tripoli.

During the course of the operation it became apparent that one of the rubber vessels was sinking and 3 people have been declared dead. Their bodies are now onboard the LÉ Samuel Beckett.

The rescue operation began at 12:18pm and all migrants were taken on board LÉ Samuel Beckett by 4pm.

Following the Search and Rescue Operation, LÉ Samuel Beckett was directed to rendezvous with an Italian Coast Guard vessel where a further 160 migrants plus 11 deceased people were transferred to LÉ Samuel Beckett.

The 429 migrants currently onboard LÉ Samuel Beckett are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

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