28 October 2015 - LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT Completes Search & Rescue Operation.

At 5 am Irish time, during a Search and Rescue patrol, the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT located a 12 metre rubber craft 40 miles North East of Tripoli. The LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT commenced a rescue operation, taking approximately 85* persons, (52 males and 33 females) on board.

Shortly after the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT located another 12 metre rubber craft with approximately 133* persons on board, (97 males, 30 females, including 1 pregnant woman, and 6 children).

The Naval Service vessel now has 218 migrants on board receiving food, water and medical attention where required and is continuing to patrol the area.

On 5 October LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT rescued 242 persons from a wooden craft 93 Kilometers North West of Tripoli and subsequently embarked a further 232 persons from another rescue vessel bringing them to the port of Vibo in Italy.

On 15 October the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT rescued 102 persons from an inflatable craft 50 Km North East of Tripoli.

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

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Previous to the LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT's deployment to the Mediterranean with OPERATION PONTUS, the LÉ EITHNE & LÉ NIAMH rescued 7397​ people

The LÉ SAMUEL BECKETT deployed to OPERATION PONTUS on Friday the 25th of September. This is the third Irish Naval Service vessel to deploy to the area of operations, it has a crew of 59 personnel, including an Army and Air Corps medic and is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Anthony Geraghty.

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: 15 October 2015

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