20 July 2016 - LÉ James Joyce Rescues 63* Migrants .

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, the LÉ James Joyce successfully located and rescued a total of 63* migrants from two rubber crafts located 20 Nautical Miles North West of Tripoli.

Today's operation brings the total number of migrants rescued since Irish Naval Service vessels deployed to the Mediterranean in 2015 to over 10,000.

Today's search and rescue (SAR) operation commenced at 09.01am and resulted in 63* migrants being transferred from two rubber crafts to LÉ James Joyce.

The 63* rescued persons received food, water and medical treatment where required aboard LÉ James Joyce before being transferred to MV Pheonix in the operation’s second phase.

MV Pheonix will take responsibility for transporting all migrants to a designated Port of Safety.

The SAR operation concluded at 12.15pm and LÉ James Joyce is now awaiting further taskings in the Area of Operations.

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

Here is a link to Minister Kehoe's press release on Naval Service operations in the Mediterranean go here:

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 2nd of May. The ship’s search and rescue operations began on 8 Iúil 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: 20 July 2016

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