28 May 2016 - Update - LÉ Róisín .

Earlier today, following a request from Italian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Operation Mare Sicuro, the LÉ Róisín located and rescued a total of 123 migrants from a 12m long rubber vessel craft 28 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli. Unfortunately, one deceased male migrant was also recovered from the craft.


Immediately following the first rescue, the LÉ Róisín was re-tasked to rendez-vous with an Italian ship, ‘Bettica’, and transferred a further 101 migrants to the LÉ Róisín.

The LÉ Róisín then received another tasking to rendez-vous with a third ship, the German ship ‘Karlsruhe’, to transfer a further 123 migrants onboard the LÉ Róisín.

All three taskings have now been completed and LÉ Róisín currently has 347 migrants on-board.

LÉ Róisín is now awaiting further taskings and will then transfer the migrants to a port of safety where they will be administered by the Italian authorities.

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

LÉ Róisín has rescued 519 people to date (excluding today’s rescue operations).

View images from today's rescue on our Flickr Channel

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: 28 May 2016

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