The crew of the LÉ Samuel Beckett located and rescued at total of 508 migrants from four separate rubber vessels during search and rescue operations conducted 50 nautical miles north west of Tripoli.
The 508 migrants were rescued in the early hours of this morning following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.
Pic: LÉ Samuel Beckett, Naval Service HQ, Haulbowline, Cork
Photo: (Courtesy Declan Keogh)
The first rescue operation began at 02.20am and all migrants were taken on board LÉ Samuel Beckett by 12.20pm. The migrants have received food, water and medical treatment where required.
An estimated total of 2,818 migrants have so far been rescued by the LÉ Samuel Beckett since it deployed to the area of operations on 23rd September of this year when it departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist Italian Authorities with humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.