08 June 2016 - LÉ Róisín Rescues 139* Migrants.

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, the LÉ Róisín successfully located and rescued a total of 139* migrants from a rubber dingy located 29 Nautical Miles NE of Tripoli.

The rescue commenced at 12.57 pm and all migrants were on board by 2.03pm and are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

Immediately following the first rescue the LÉ Róisín was re-tasked to assist with the transfer of 236 migrants from an NGO vessel, the Aquarius.

The transfer is currently ongoing, after which the LÉ Róisín will await further tasks.

View images from today's rescue on our Flickr Channel

The LÉ Róisín departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the 2nd of May. The ship’s search and rescue operations began on 11th of May 2016.

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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: 08 June 2016

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