Tuesday 23 January 2018

LE Eithne rescues at least 88 migrants off Libya coast

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Irish naval vessel LE Eithne successfully rescued at least 88 migrants off the coast of Libya this morning.

A total of 201 migrants were rescued in the operation 60km north of the African country, in co-operation with Italian, German and British ships.

The migrants were part of a flotilla of five make shift inflatable vessels that were attempting to cross the South Central Mediterranean.

At approximately 8am (Irish time) the Naval ship received notification from the Italian Marine Rescue Coordination Centre and the Italian Task Force Commander of five inflatable crafts crossing the Mediterranean.

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Deployed immediately, Le Eithne arrived on scene at 10 am and rescued men, women, children - including one small baby.

The crew supplied food, water and first aid at the scene of the rescue. The sea conditions during the rescue were calm.

The rescuees will be transferred to the HMS BULWARK where they will in turn be transported to a port of safety in Italy.

This is the first rescue by the crew of the Le Eithnes since being tasked by Government to deploy to assist with the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean.

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