Thursday 22 February 2018

LÉ Eithne rescues more than 700 migrants off Libya coast

LÉ Eithne crew members during the rescue operation over the weekend
LÉ Eithne crew members during the rescue operation over the weekend

Ian Begley

The LÉ Eithne rescued more than 700 migrants around the Mediterranean in a number of operations yesterday.

The Irish Naval Service vessel located and rescued the migrants north west of the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

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, hundreds of people were rescued from the water.

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 said the numbers on board include 571 men and 121 women, 14 of whom are pregnant.

Irish Independent

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