Irish Naval Service vessel rescues more than 700 migrants
THE LÉ Eithne has rescued more than 700 migrants around the Mediterranean in a number of operationsthis morning yesterday.
The Irish naval service vessel located and rescued the migrants 40km north west ofTripoli in two separate operations the Libyan capital.
A total of 113 people were rescued from an inflatable craft at 6am, while a second vessel in distress was identified and a second operation launched where a further 70 migrants were successfully rescued.
Later on in the day, significantly larger rescues took place.
According to Captain of the vessel, Commander Brian Fitzgerald, a total of 606 migrants were rescued by the LÉ Eithne crew, while a further 106 were taken on board from an NGO vessel operating in the area.
He told RTE news the numbers on board include 571 men and 121 women, 14 of whom are pregnant.