05 June 2015 - LÉ EITHNE Rescues 113 Migrants.

At 5 pm today, the LÉ EITHNE successfully located and rescued a small craft with 113 persons on board that was in distress 40 km north of Tripoli, Libya.

Acting on information received from the Italian Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, a rubber inflatable craft was located within the area being patrolled by the L.É. EITHNE. Rescue operations and transfer of migrants began at 5 pm and were completed by 8pm, a total of 113 men, women and children (including infants) were rescued by the L.É. EITHNE and transferred to an Italian ship for onward passage to a port of safety.

The LÉ EITHNE has resumed patrol in its designated area.


This is the 5th successful operation the LÉ EITHNE has undertaken since its departure from Cork, bringing to a total of 756 migrants saved since commencing operations.

The LÉ EITHNE departed on the 16th of May from Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

The role of the Irish Naval vessel will be 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 will be provided in accordance with the applicable provisions of international conventions governing search and rescue situations. The Naval Service vessel will be deployed in the Mediterranean for a period of up to six months over the summer period, subject to the operational demands and requirements arising in the theatre of operations.

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Press Release Date: 05 June 2015

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