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12 November 2015 - LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT Conducts Search & Rescue Operation.

At 9.18 am Irish time, the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT located an un-seaworthy craft carrying 99 people* (69 males and 30 females) 45 kilometres East North East of Tripoli. The LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT was appointed on scene coordinator and using their rigged hull inflatable boats (rhibs) transferred the 99 people to the Medicins Sans Frontiére vessel the MV DIGNITY 1.

The operation was complete by 11.32 am.

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, excluding today's figures.

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: 12 November 2015

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

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