Friday 11th August 2017 - LÉ William Butler Yeats Rescue Operation Update.

Yesterday, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ William Butler Yeats  successfully located and rescued a total of 149* migrants from a rubber craft 47 nautical miles North East of Tripoli.

Thereafter,  a further 161* migrants were transferred from an Italian Coast Guard vessel to the LÉ William Butler Yeats.

The migrants have received food, water and medical treatment where required.

LÉ William Bulter Yeats 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.

*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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