29th August 2016 - LÉ  James Joyce Rescues a Total of 617* Migrants.

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, the LÉ James Joyce successfully located and rescued a further 452* migrants from eight separate vessels located 40 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli.

The operation commenced at 9.45am, bringing the total number of migrants rescued by LÉ James Joyce today to 617*.

LÉ James Joyce was subsequently tasked with transferring a further 140* migrants to the Merchant Vessel ASSROU.

LÉ James Joyce is currently awaiting further tasks.

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

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The LÉ James Joyce 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 8 July 2016.

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: 29th August 2016

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