19 July 2016 - LÉ James Joyce Rescues 128* Migrants During Search & Rescue Operations.

Earlier this morning, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, the LÉ James Joyce successfully located and rescued a total of 128* migrants from a rubber craft located 37 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli.

The rescue commenced at 06.30am and all migrants were on board by 09.20am and are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

The LÉ James Joyce is now awaiting further taskings, once complete, the migrants will be transported to a Port of Safety and transferred to the Italian authorities.

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

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LÉ Róisín rescued 1264 people during its deployment that ended on 15 July 2016.

The LÉ James Joyce departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the 08 July 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.

Press Release Date: 19 July 2016

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