31st August 2017 - LÉ William Butler Yeats Rescues 117* Migrants 42 Nautical Miles North East of Tripoli.

Following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ William Butler Yeats successfully located and rescued a total of 117* migrants from a rubber craft 42 nautical miles North East of Tripoli earlier today.

LÉ William Butler Yeats has been appointed the On-Scene Commander and coordinated the rescue of a further 117* migrants by the MV Alexander Maersk.

All 234* migrants are now onboard LÉ William Butler Yeats receiving food, water and medical treatment where required. LÉ William Butler Yeats is currently awaiting a designated Port of Safety.

*Figures from today’s rescue will be confirmed by Italian authorities.

For high resolution images and footage of today's rescue go here.

LÉ William Butler Yeats was commissioned on 17th October 2016 at a ceremony in Galway.

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: 31st August 2017

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