23 May 2016 - Update - LÉ Róisín Completes Second Operation .

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

Immediately following the first rescue the LÉ Róisín was re-tasked to assist with a further rescue operation of 121* migrants 29 Nautical Miles NNW of Tripoli from a 12m long rubber craft.

The rescue commenced at 12.24 pm and all migrants were on board by 2.56pm and are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

Both taskings have now been completed and LÉ Róisín currently has 394 migrants on-board including 78 female.

LÉ Róisín is now transferring the migrants to the port of Catania where they will be administered by the Italian authorities.

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

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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