Sunday 25th June 2017 - LÉ Eithne Rescues 183* Migrants 40KM North West of Tripoli.

At 6am this morning, while on patrol in her area of operations, LÉ Eithne located and rescued a total of 113 migrants from an inflatable craft approximately 40km off the North West coast of Tripoli.

LÉ Eithne’s crew subsequently identified another platform in distress (PID) and a second rescue operation was launched where a further 70 migrants were successfully rescued.

LÉ Eithne currently has 183* migrants on board and is now proceeding to assist an NGO vessel which is currently engaged in a rescue.

The migrants on board are currently receiving food water and medical treatment where required.

Photos and some video of todays operation is available here.

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

LÉ Eithne deployed to the Mediterranean on 23 May 2017 as part of the Government's response to the migrant crisis in Europe.

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: Sunday 25th June 2017

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