19th October 2016 - LÉ Samuel Beckett Recovers 5 Deceased Persons .

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ Samuel Beckett located and rescued a total of 118* migrants from a rubber vessel during a search and rescue operation conducted 40 Nautical Miles North East of Tripoli.

During the course of the operation it became apparent that the migrant craft was sinking and, tragically, 5 people have been declared dead. Their bodies are now onboard the LÉ Samuel Beckett.

The rescue operation began at 7.00am and all migrants were taken on board LÉ Samuel Beckett by 8.30am. The 118* migrants are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

LÉ Samuel Beckett remains in the area of operations awaiting further direction from the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre. 

*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.

Including today’s operation LÉ Samuel Beckett has rescued 1027* people

Press Release Date: 9th October 2016

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