16th May 2016 - LÉ Róisín Rescues 125 People.

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre the LÉ Róisín successfully located and rescued a total of 125* migrants from a rubber craft located 40 Nautical Miles North East of Tripoli.

The rescue commenced at 10.47 am and concluded at 2.45 pm.

The migrants (107 Males and 18 Females) are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required. They will be transferred to a designated place of safety in due course where they will be administered by the Italian authorities.

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9.40pm, 16th May 2016 - Update

LÉ Róisín Receives an Additional 240 Migrants from ITS Commandante Borsini
Following direction from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre LÉ Róisín rendezvoused with the Italian Naval Vessel ITS Commandante Borsini.

LÉ Róisín's crew successfully cross loaded 240* migrants from ITS Commandante Borsini and she is now enroute to an as yet undesignated Port of Safety in Sicily with a total of 365* migrants.

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 01st of May. The ship’s search and rescue operations began on 12th of May 2016. 


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.

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Press Release Date: 16th May 2016

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