16 June 2016 - LÉ Róisín Rescues 111* Migrants and Recovers Two Bodies.

Earlier this morning, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, the LÉ Róisín has successfully located and rescued a total of 111 migrants from a long rubber vessel located 37 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli. Unfortunately, two deceased female migrants were also recovered.

The rescue commenced at 06.50am and all migrants were on board by 09.40am and are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

The LÉ Róisín is now proceeding towards the Port of Lampedusa where the migrants will be transferred over to Italian authorities.

LÉ Róisín has rescued 782 people to date. (Excluding today's figures)

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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