21 July 2016 - LÉ James Joyce located and rescued a total of 453* migrants.

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, the LÉ James Joyce located and rescued a total of 453* migrants from a metal barge located 25 Nautical Miles North West of Tripoli. Tragically, during the course of the operation 16 deceased persons were also recovered from the vessel. 

The search and rescue (SAR) operation commenced at 6:20am and all migrants were on board by 1:56pm and are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required. The SAR operation concluded at 2:02pm.

LÉ James Joyce was subsequently tasked to rendezvous with the NGO vessel, Sea Watch 2, from which a further 152* migrants were transferred to the LÉ James Joyce.

LÉ James Joyce will now transfer all 605* rescued migrants along with the 16 deceased persons to a designated Port of Safety where they will be transferred to the Italian authorities.

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

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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: 09 June 2016

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