24 July 2015 - LÉ NIAMH Rescued 358 Migrants.

The LÉ NIAMH successfully conducted a Search and Rescue Operation 110 kilometres north-west of Tripoli, Libya today, rescuing 358 migrants from a wooden barge. Conditions at the time were calm and the operation was completed at 12.30 p.m.

The 358 migrants on board the LÉ NIAMH (314 male, 30 female, 14 minors), are currently receiving food, water and medical attention where required.

The LÉ NIAMH is currently on stand-by for further operations and is awaiting direction from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre for it's next tasking.

Figures for today's operation are provisional until administratively confirmed by Italian authorities.
To date the LÉ NIAMH has rescued a total of 827 (672 men, 123 women and 32 children).

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: 24 July 2015

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