15th September 2017 - LÉ William Butler Yeats Recovers 3 Deceased Persons.

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ William Butler Yeats located and rescued a total of 285* migrants from two rubber vessels during two search and rescue operations conducted 44 kilometres North West of Tripoli.

Tragically, during the course of the second operation 3 people were declared dead. Their bodies are now onboard the LÉ William Butler Yeats.

The first rescue operation began at 10:12am and 146 migrants were taken onboard LÉ William Butler Yeats by 12:28pm. The second rescue operation began at 1:39pm and 139 migrants plus the 3 deceased were taken onboard LÉ William Butler Yeats by 3:25pm.

The 285* migrants are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

LÉ William Butler Yeats remains in the area of operations awaiting further direction from the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre. 

*Figures for today's operation are provisional until confirmed by the Italian authorities.

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LÉ William Butler Yeats was commissioned on 17th October 2016 at a ceremony in Galway.

The LÉ William Butler Yeats departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the 14th July 2017.

The role of the Irish Naval vessel is to provide a search and rescue capability and to undertake humanitarian rescue operations at sea in the Mediterranean. Assistance to persons in distress at sea is provided in accordance with the applicable provisions of international conventions governing search and rescue situations.


Press Release Date:  15th September 2017

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