Tuesday 24 April 2018

LÉ William Butler Yeats rescues 149 people from a rubber dingy off the coast of Libya

LÉ William Butler Yeats rescued 149 people from a rubber dingy off the coast of Libya
LÉ William Butler Yeats rescued 149 people from a rubber dingy off the coast of Libya

Ryan O'Rourke

The crew of the LÉ William Butler Yeats have rescued 149 people from a rubber dingy off the coast of Libya.

The rescue came after a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre notified the Irish ship that a raft had been seen 47 nautical miles North East of Tripoli.

The migrants were taken aboard and were given food, water and medical treatment.

Shortly after a further 161 migrants were transferred from an Italian Coast Guard vessel to the LÉ William Butler Yeats.

The LÉ William Butler Yeats will now take the migrants to a designated ‘Port of Safety’, where they will be handed over to the Italian Authorities.

The ship is named after famous Irish poet W.B Yeats. It was commissioned in October 2016 by the granddaughter of the poet, Caitriona Yeats.

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