15 October 2015 - LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT Completes Second Search & Rescue Operation.

At 6 am Irish time the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT was tasked by the Italian Marine Rescue Co Ordination Centre (IMRCC) to investigate an inflatable craft 50 kilometres north west of Tripoli. The LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT commenced a rescue operation soon after, taking approximately 102*persons, including 2 minors, on board.

All people embarked are receiving food, water and medical attention where required.

Further tasks are expected.

On 5 October LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT rescued 242 persons from a wooden craft 93 Kilometers North West of Tripoli and subsequently embarked a further 232 persons from another rescue vessel bringing them to the port of Vibo in Itlay.

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

Previous to the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT's deployment to the Mediterranean with OPERATION PONTUS, the LÉ EITHNE & LÉ NIAMH rescued 7 397 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.

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: 15 October 2015

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