Monday 22 July 2019

LÉ NIAMH rescues 98 migrants from the Mediterranean sea

LÉ NIAMH as it left for its mission in the Mediterranean
LÉ NIAMH as it left for its mission in the Mediterranean

David Kearns

The Irish naval vessel the LÉ NIAMH has rescued 98 migrants off the coast of Tripoli in its first operation since arriving in the area on Saturday.

The LÉ NIAMH successfully conducted the search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean after it picked up distress calls 76 nautical miles north west of Libya.

The vessel took on board 78 men, 18 women, and two children, who were found stranded off the coast near the capital Tripoli in a rubber craft.

The operation was successfully completed at 12:50 pm.

The LÉ NIAMH was immediately re-tasked by the Italian Marine Rescue Coordination Centre to another operation 58 Nautical Miles north-west of Tripoli at 4 pm Irish time.

It was subsequently joined by the Italian patrol vessel the 'ITS SIRIO' who took an estimated 250 people on board. 

The LÉ NIAMH departed Ireland on Friday 10th of July with a crew of fifty-seven personnel, including two Army medics and is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Danial Wall.

It replaces the LÉ Eithne and her 69-strong crew, who returned to Ireland after an eight week mission in which it saved almost 3,400 refugees.

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