Tuesday 21 November 2017

LÉ Róisín rescues 375 migrants off Libyan coast

LÉ Róisín transfers 375 migrants to Sicilian port of Catania
LÉ Róisín transfers 375 migrants to Sicilian port of Catania

Meadhbh McGrath

Some 375 migrants have been saved from ships in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya last night, officials said.

Yesterday afternoon at 12.57pm, the Irish Navy ship LÉ Róisín followed a request from Italian authorities to rescue 139 migrants from a rubber dingy 29 nautical miles north east of the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Immediately afterwards, the vessel was re-tasked to transfer a further 236 migrants from an NGO ship, the Aquarius.

The Defence Forces said the migrants were provided with food, water and medical treatment once on board the vessel.

A spokesperson said the LÉ Róisín arrived at the Sicilian port of Catania at 10.30am today, where the migrants disembarked by 1pm.

They have since been transferred to the Italian authorities, while the LÉ Róisín makes its way to the port of Valletta for refuelling and supply ahead of further tasks.

The vessel left Haulbowline, Cork, on May 2, 2016, and has rescued 782 people to date.

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