19 July 2015 - LÉ NIAMH Rescued 98 Migrants .

The LÉ NIAMH successfully conducted a Search and Rescue Operation 76 Nautical Miles North West of Libya today.

In it's first operation since arriving in the area of operations on Saturday the 18th of July, a total of 98 migrants (78 Male, 18 Female, and 2 children) were rescued on a rubber craft, 76 Nautical Miles north-west of Tripoli. The operation was successfully completed at 1250 p.m today. 

The LÉ NIAMH was immediately re-tasked by the Italian Marine Rescue Coordination Centre to another operation 58 Nautical Miles north-west of Tripoli at 4 pm Irish time. It was subsequently joined by the Italian patrol vessel the 'ITS SIRIO' who took an estimated 250 people on board.

The LÉ NIAMH handed over the 98 rescued persons from the first operation to the 'ITS SIRIO' at 9 pm Irish time and is awaiting direction from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre for next tasking.

The LÉ NIAMH departed Ireland on Friday 10th of July. The vessel has a crew of fifty-seven personnel, including two Army medics and is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Danial Wall.

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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: Wednesday 24 June 2015

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