07 Oct 2015 - LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT Disembarked 474 rescued people.

This morning the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT disembarked 474* rescued people at the port of Vibo, Italy, 242 had been rescued by the Irish Naval Service.

Having rescued 242 persons from a wooden barge on Monday the 05th of October, the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT was subsequently tasked with taking the transfer of a further 232 persons who had been rescued by the Italian Coastguard Vessel LUIGI DATILO.

Transfers were conducted at sea utilising LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT's RHIBs (rugged hull inflatable boats.)

On completion of embarkation, the ship proceeded north to the nominated port of safety, Vibo, Valentia. The ship provided sustained care to the four hundred and seventy four (474) rescuees embarked, including four (4) infants en route. It arrived at Vibo in Italy at 0730 hrs this morning and the crew are currently assisting the Italian authorities with handover.

*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: 07 Oct 2015

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