03rd December 2016 - LÉ Samuel Beckett Assists in the Rescue of 140* Migrants .

Earlier this morning, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ Samuel Beckett assisted in the rescue and transfer of 140* migrants from a rubber vessel to the MS Aquarius, during a search and rescue operation conducted 23 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli.

The rescue operation began at 8.30am and all migrants were transferred to the MS Aquarius by 9.50am. Once on board the MS Aquarius the 140* migrants received food, water and medical treatment where necessary.

LÉ Samuel Beckett is currently awaiting furthers tasks in the area of operations.

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

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The LÉ Samuel Beckett departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the 23rd of September.

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: 03rd December 2016

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