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21 October 2016 - LÉ Samuel Beckett Rescues 772* Migrants .

Earlier today, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ Samuel Beckett located and rescued a total of 772* migrants from a large wooden barge during a complex search and rescue operation conducted 36 Nautical Miles North East of Tripoli.

The LÉ Samuel Beckett also acted as on scene co-ordinator for four other ships that rescued migrants from approximately 20 small craft within the search area.

The rescue operation began at 6.30am and all 772* migrants were taken on board LÉ Samuel Beckett by 2.30pm.

The 772* migrants are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

LÉ Samuel Beckett will transfer some migrants to an Italian ship before transferring the remaining migrants to a 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:  21 October 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O’Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

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