28 July 2015 - LÉ NIAMH Rescues 210 Migrants and Recovers 14 Bodies.

During the course of a Search and Rescue Operation yesterday 80 kilometers north-west of Tripoli, Libya, the LÉ NIAMH rescued 210 migrants and recovered 14 bodies from a wooden barge.

At 4.30 pm on Monday the 27th of July the LÉ NIAMH commenced a rescue operation with the Medécins Sans Frontiére vessel MV DIGNITY 1 at a wooden barge estimated to have 500 migrants on board.

During the course of the operation the LÉ NIAMH embarked 210 (137 males, 38 females and 35 minors) migrants from the barge and the remainder were embarked on the MV DIGNITY 1. During searches of the barge the crew of the LÉ NIAMH recovered 14 bodies from below the deck of the barge.

The barge is believed to have left Tripoli in the early hours of the 27th of July.

The remains of the 14 migrants were taken on board the LÉ NIAMH at 11.30 pm and the ship is now sailing towards the port of Messina, Sicily. The LÉ NIAMH currently has 453 rescued migrants on board; in an earlier operation the LÉ NIAMH had rescued 243 (183 males, 33 females, 27 minors) migrants.

The 453 (320 males, 71 female, 62 minors) migrants on board the LÉ NIAMH , are currently receiving food, water and medical attention where required.

Figures for today's operation are provisional until administratively confirmed by Italian authorities. Subject to verification the LÉ NIAMH has rescued 1280 migrants to date.

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: 28 July 2015 

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