19 November 2015 - LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT Completes Search & Rescue Operation .

At 05:39 am Irish time the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT commenced a Search and Rescue operation 32 nautical miles off  the Libyan coast following a tasking by the Italian Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (IMRCC) to investigate an inflatable rubber craft. The LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT completed the rescue at 08:34 am, taking 111 people on board (107 males and 4 females)*.

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

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

Images from Todays Operations

Before today’s operation LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT had rescued 977 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.

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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: 19 November 2015

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