28th November 2016 - LÉ Samuel Beckett Rescues 508* Migrants .

n the early hours this morning, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ Samuel Beckett located and rescued a total of 508* migrants from four separate rubber vessels during search and rescue operations conducted 50 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli.

The first rescue operation began at 02.20am and all migrants were taken on board LÉ Samuel Beckett by 12.20pm. The 508* migrants are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

This brings to 2,818* migrants rescued by the LÉ Samuel Beckett since it deployed to the area of operations on 23rd September of this year.

LÉ Samuel Beckett will now bring all rescued persons to a designated Port of Safety.

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

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The LÉ Samuel Beckett departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the 23rd of September.

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: 28th November 2016

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