20 July 2015 - LÉ NIAMH Rescued 256 Migrants.

The LÉ NIAMH successfully conducted a Search and Rescue Operation 90 kilometres north-east of Tripoli, Libya today, rescuing 256 migrants (235 male, 13 female, 8 minors) from a wooden barge. Conditions at the time were good and the operation was completed at 4 p.m.

The LÉ NIAMH is currently on stand-by for further operations and is awaiting direction from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre for it's next tasking.

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

On 19 July 98 migrants (78 male, 18 female, and 2 minors) were rescued from a rubber craft 76 KM North West of Tripoli. The LÉ NIAMH was then involved in a joint operation with the Italian Navy to transfer 200 migrants from a wooden barge to the Italian Naval Vessel SIRIO.

The LÉ NIAMH departed Ireland on Friday 10th of July. The vessel has a crew of fifty-seven personnel, including two Army medics and is commanded by Lieutenant Commander Danial Wall.

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The role of the Irish Naval vessel will be 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 will be provided in accordance with the applicable provisions of international conventions governing search and rescue situations. A Naval Service vessel will be deployed in the Mediterranean over the summer period, subject to the operational demands and requirements arising in the theatre of operations.

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Press Release Date: Wednesday 24 June 2015

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