21 July 2015 - Baby delivered on board LÉ NIAMH.

Yesterday at 4pm, the LÉ NIAMH successfully conducted a Search and Rescue (SAR) Operation 90 kilometres north-east of Tripoli, rescuing 256 migrants (235 male, 13 female, 8 minors) from a wooden barge, before embarking a further 114 rescuees, (62 women, 45 men and 7 children) at 11.30 pm from the 'MV DIGNITY' - a Médecins Sans Frontiéres vessel also deployed to the Mediterranean in humanitarian SAR assistance to the Italian authorities.

Of the 62 women transferred from the MV DIGNITY, 14 were pregnant and taken aboard the LÉ NIAMH for transfer to port . At 4:43 pm today one of the rescued women went into labour 4 weeks premature and gave birth to a baby girl 'Destiny' at 5:46 pm (after 63 minutes).

The baby girl was delivered by medics Paul O'Connell and Conor Kilbride. At 6:18 pm two Italian doctors were embarked from an Italian Coast Guard vessel , mother and baby were transferred to the same vessel at 8:30 pm and are doing well. The Coast Guard vessel will sail to the Port of Trapani, Sicily, so that mother and baby can receive post natal care as quickly as possible.

The LÉ NIAMH is now transporting 369 people to Palermo where it is expected to arrive alongside at 7 am tomorrow.

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.

UPDATE

Yesterday, the LÉ NIAMH successfully conducted a Search and Rescue (SAR) Operation 90 kilometres north-east of Tripoli, rescuing 256 migrants (235 male, 13 female, 8 minors) from a wooden barge, the operation was completed at 4 p.m. The LÉ NIAMH was subsequently tasked to take 114 rescuees, (62 women, 45 men and 7 children) at 11.30 pm last night from the 'MV DIGNITY' - a Médecins Sans Frontiéres vessel also deployed to the Mediterranean in humanitarian SAR assistance to the Italian authorities. 

They rendezvoused with the MV DIGNITY 83 kilometres north of Libya. Conditions at the time were good.

The LÉ NIAMH is now transporting 370 migrants to Palermo where it is expected to arrive alongside at 7 am tomorrow.

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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: 21 July 2015

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