27 June 2016 - LÉ Róisín Rescues 371* Migrants.

Earlier today, following a request from Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre the LÉ Róisín successfully located and rescued a total of 371* migrants from three separate rubber vessels located 37 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli.

The first rescue commenced at 6.50am, a total of 114 migrants are now on board and are receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

LÉ Róisín was immediately re-tasked with the rescue of a further 115 people from a rubber vessel in the same area. All persons were on board by 9.15am.

LÉ Róisín was re-tasked with a third search and rescue operation, 37 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli, where a further 142 migrants were taken on board.

LÉ Róisín is currently awaiting further taskings.

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

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LÉ Róisín has rescued 893 people to date (excluding the current rescue).

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: 09 June 2016

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