09 June 2016 - LÉ Róisín Transfers 375* Migrants.

Following a request from Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, the LÉ Róisín has transferred a total of 375* migrants to the Port Catania.

This follows the completion of yesterday’s rescue by the LÉ Róisín  of 139* migrants and the transfer of a further 236* from an NGO ship, the Aquarius.

Once all migrants were on-board the LÉ Róisín they were given food, water and medical treatment.

The LÉ Róisín arrived at the Port Catania at 10.30am today where the the migrants were disembarked by 1.00pm and are now being administered by the Italian authorities.

The LÉ Róisín has rescued 782* people since deploying from Ireland on 02 May 2016.

The LÉ Róisín will travel to a the safe port of Valletta for refueling and resupply, while awaiting further operations.

View images from today's rescue on our Flickr Channel

LÉ Róisin has assisted in the transfer of 683 people to date.

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: 09 June 2016

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