10 Aug 2015 - LÉ NIAMH Rescue 125 People.

At 1220   p m Irish time, the LÉ NIAMH , tasked by the Italian Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC , ) rescued 125 people from a highly overloaded inflatable vessel in distress 11 5 kilometres north-west  of Tripoli. The LÉ Niamh departed Palermo on Sunday morning to return to its area of operations.

The LÉ NIAMH now has 125   rescued migrants on board ( 92 male, 26  female and 7  children)  who are receiving water, food and medical assistance where required.

At 5 pm Irish time the LÉ NIAMH was re-tasked to take a further estimated 375 persons from the Italian vessel the MIMBELLI.

This operation is still ongoing, upon completion the crew are expected to be directed by the Italian MRCC to the nearest safe Italian port .

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

The LÉ NIAMH has rescued 1 647 migrants before this operation.

The LÉ NIAMH deployed to OPERATION PONTUS on Friday 10th of July. The vessel has a crew of 57 personnel, including 2 Army medics and is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Daniel Wall.

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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: 10  Aug 2015

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