23 May 2016 - LÉ Róisín Rescues 274 Migrants .

Earlier today, following a request from Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, the LÉ Róisín successfully located and rescued a total of 274* migrants, including 13 women, from a 18m long wooden vessel craft 39 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli.

The rescue commenced at 0731 am and all migrants were on board by 1147am and are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required. Conditions at the time were considered good.

Immediately following the first rescue the LÉ Róisín was re-tasked to assist with a further potential rescue operation of 125 people 29 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli, more details to follow.

Once both taskings are complete, the LÉ Róisín will transfer the rescued personnel to the Italian authorities.

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

High resolution images from today's rescue are available to download from our Flickr Channel

LÉ Róisín has rescued 125 people to date (excluding the current rescue operation).

The LÉ Róisín 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 11th of May 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: 23 May 2016

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