Sunday, 30 July 2017 - LÉ William Butler Yeats Conducts First Search and Rescue Operation.

Earlier today, LÉ William Butler Yeats conducted her first search and rescue operation since deploying to the Mediterranean with Operation Pontus.

Following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ William Butler Yeats  successfully located and rescued a total of 109* migrants 56 NM North East of Tripoli.

The rescue commenced at 12.30pm and all migrants were on board by 4.30pm and are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.

LÉ William Butler Yeats will transfer the rescued migrants to an Italian Coast Guard vessel later this evening and she will conduct further search and rescue operations if required.

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

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The LÉ William Butler Yeats departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the 14th July 2017.

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, 30 July 2017

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