Sunday 25th June 2017 - LÉ Eithne Rescue Operation Update – 712* migrants On-board.

Earlier today, while on patrol LÉ Eithne located and rescued 183* migrants from two vessels approximately 40km off the North-West coast of Tripoli.

Thereafter, LÉ Eithne was tasked with assisting an NGO vessel which was in the process of a rescue. Rescue operations took place throughout the day, and a total of 606* migrants were rescued from a number of Platforms in Distress (PIDs). A further 106* migrants were transferred from the NGO Vessel, Von Hestia onto LÉ Eithne.

The 712* migrants on board received food, water and medical treatment where required.

LÉ Eithne has now been tasked by the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre to transport the migrants to a designated ‘Port of Safety’, where they will be handed over to the Italian Authorities.

Press Release Date: 25th June 2017

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