Sunday 25 February 2018

LÉ Niamh rescues 183 migrants aboard wooden barge in Mediterranean

A little girl aboard the LÉ Niamh
A little girl aboard the LÉ Niamh
A rescue boat pulls up alongside LÉ Niamh
Migrants safely on board the LÉ Niamh
Members of crew on the LÉ Niamh wearing protective clothing

Sarah Jane Murphy

The Irish naval vessel the LÉ Niamh has rescued 243 migrants, 80km off the Tripoli coast this morning.

The migrants, 183 men, 33 women and 27 children were aboard a wooden barge at the time of rescue, a spokesperson for the Defence Forces said.

The operation took just over three hours to complete amid a south easterly wind and "a slight swell".

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The LÉ Niamh is currently on stand-by for further operations and is awaiting direction from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.

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To date, the LÉ Niamh has rescued 1070 migrants from the Mediterranean since commencing its duties on July 18.

The vessel has a crew of 57 personnel, including two army medics, and is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Daniel Wall.

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