11 November 2015 - LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT Co-Ordinates Search & Rescue Operation.

At 8.15 am Irish time, the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT was appointed on scene coordinator for a search and rescue operation 87 kilometres east north east of Tripoli, Libya.

The LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT with assistance from the Italian ITN ALISEO and its helicopter assets directed the Medicins Sans Frontiére vessel the MV DIGNITY 1 which embarked 100 people, 27 of whom are women, 3 of whom are pregnant.

The LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT remains in the patrol area.

*Figures for today's operation are provisional until confirmed by the Italian authorities.

The LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT has directly rescued 562 people since it's deployment.

Previous to the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT's deployment to the Mediterranean with OPERATION PONTUS, the LÉ EITHNE & LÉ NIAMH rescued 7397  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.

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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.

Press Release Date: 11 November 2015

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