05 October 2015 - LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT Co​mpletes​First Search & Rescue Operation.

At 3 am Irish time the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT was tasked by the Italian Marine Rescue Co Ordination Centre (IMRCC) to investigate a wooden craft sighted by an Italian naval helicopter 80 kilometres north west of Tripoli.

The LÉ NIAMH located the vessel at 8 am and commenced a rescue operation shortly thereafter, taking approximately 2​42​persons on board​,​* ​237 male and 5 female.​

All people embarked are receiving food, water and medical attention where required.The LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT is working alongside the Royal Navy multi-role survey vessel the HMS ENTERPRISE.​

Further tasks are expected.

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

Since commencing operations in the Mediterranean with OPERATION PONTUS the LÉ EITHNE & LÉ NIAMH​ ​rescued 7​397​people.

The LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT deployed to OPERATION PONTUS on Friday the 25th of September. This is the third Irish Naval Service vessel to deploy to the area of operations, it has a crew of 59 personnel, including an Army and Air Corps medic and is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Anthony Geraghty.

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. A Naval Service vessel will be deployed in the Mediterranean 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 October 2015

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