26th October 2016 - LÉ Samuel Beckett Rescues 122* Migrants.

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ Samuel Beckett located and rescued a total of 122* migrants from a rubber vessel during a search and rescue operation conducted 37 Nautical Miles NE of Tripoli.

The rescue operation began at 8.00am and all migrants were taken on board LÉ Samuel Beckett by 12.30pm. The 122* migrants are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

LÉ Samuel Beckett will transfer all rescued persons to the VOS Hestia, which will transport them to a port of safety where they will be administered by Italian authorities.

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

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The LÉ Samuel Beckett departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the 23rd of September.

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:  26th October 2016

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