06 June 2015 - LÉ EITHNE Rescues a further 310 Migrants.

Having rescued 105 persons on a small craft yesterday and transferred them overnight to the Italian ship the FENICE, at 8.45 am this morning the LÉ EITHNE successfully located and rescued a barge with approximately 310 persons on board, approximately 30 miles north of the city of Zuwarah, Libya after they had initiated a distress call.

Acting on information received from the Italian Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, a barge was located within the area being patrolled by the L.É. EITHNE. 212 of the people are male, 59 are female and 39 are minors.

Weather conditions at the time were difficult, with dense fog hampering the operation.

The LÉ EITHNE has resumed patrol and is expecting further taskings in the coming hours.

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: 06 June 2015

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