27 July 2015 - LÉ NIAMH Rescued 243 Migrants.

The LÉ NIAMH successfully conducted a Search and Rescue Operation 80 kilometres north-west of Tripoli, Libya this morning, rescuing 243 migrants from a wooden barge.

There was a slight swell and south easterly breeze at the time, the operation commenced at 8.31 am and was completed at 11.38 a.m.

The 243 migrants on board the LÉ NIAMH (183 males, 33 female, 27 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. Subject to verification the LÉ NIAMH has rescued 1070 migrants.

Prior to today's operation 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: 25 July 2015

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