23 Aug 2015 - LÉ NIAMH Rescue 225 People.

At 7.40 pm Irish time, the LÉ NIAMH, tasked by the Italian Marine Rescue Co Ordination Centre (MRCC,) rescued 225 people from two inflatable vessels in distress 112 kilometres North-East of Tripoli.

The LÉ NIAMH arrived on scene and deployed two rhibs (rigid hull inflatable boats) to the first vessel. All 107 migrants were safely on board the LÉ NIAMH by midnight.

Immediately following the first rescue the LÉ NIAMH was re-tasked to assist with the rescue of a further 118 migrants in the vicinity. This rescue commenced at 1.30 am and all migrants were on board by 5 am. Weather conditions at the time were good.

The LÉ NIAMH now has 225 * rescued migrants on board (139 male, 74 female and 12 children) who are receiving water, food and medical assistance, where required.

The LÉ NIAMH is awaiting direction from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre for its next tasking.

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

The LÉ NIAMH has rescued 1772 migrants before this operation.

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.

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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.

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Press Release Date: 23 Aug 2015

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