28 June 2015 - LÉ EITHNE Rescues 593 Migrants from Six Vessels.

The LÉ EITHNE successfully located and rescued a total of 593 migrants; from six separate vessels, 50 Nautical Miles north-west of Tripoli, the Libyan capital this morning.

Rescue operations commenced at 4 am Irish time when 101 migrants were taken from a rubber craft. The L.E. EITHNE quickly proceeded into 5 more consecutive rescue operations, which were completed at 1pm Irish time. A total of 593 migrants (496 Men, 92 Women and 5 Children) have been rescued from inflatable craft and safely embarked on the LÉ EITHNE.

The LÉ EITHNE is awaiting direction from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre for next tasking.

LÉ EITHNE rescue tally (excluding the current rescue) to date is as follows: 2136 (Male-1624, Female -346, Minors-166)

*Figures for today's operation are provisional until confirmed when the migrants are administratively handed over to Italian authorities.

The LÉ EITHNE departed on the 16th of May from Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

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.  The Naval Service vessel will be deployed in the Mediterranean for a period of up to six months 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 June 2015

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