04rd October 2016 - LÉ Samuel Beckett Rescues 220* Migrants.

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, the LÉ Samuel Beckett successfully located and rescued a total of 220* migrants during two search and rescue operations.

The first rescue operation commenced at 6.15am where 125* migrants were rescued from a rubber craft 42 nautical miles NE of Tripoli.

The migrants were brought on board LÉ Samuel Beckett, where they received food, water and medical treatment where required.

In a second operation, 95* migrants were rescued from a rubber craft and brought on board LÉ Samuel Beckett, where they received food, water and medical treatment where required.

LÉ Samuel Beckett is currently awaiting further tasks.

LÉ Samuel Beckett has rescued 128 people since deploying to the area of operations.

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

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 September.

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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: 04rd October 2016

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