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Rescue of 346 Migrants by LÉ Eithne off Libya

17th June 2017
The HPV LE Eithne yesterday rescued refugee migrants off Libya during Operation Pontus. Note the addition of the awning covering the HPV's heli-deck, to provide shelter to those rescued from the wind and sunny climate of the Mediterranean. The HPV LE Eithne yesterday rescued refugee migrants off Libya during Operation Pontus. Note the addition of the awning covering the HPV's heli-deck, to provide shelter to those rescued from the wind and sunny climate of the Mediterranean. Photo: IDF

#RefugeeRescue- Following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ Eithne yesterday located and rescued a total of 135 migrants off Libya.

The migrants were found on an inflatable craft approx 83Km off the north-west coast of Tripoli.

The LÉ Eithne was subsequently appointed on scene coordinator by the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination to coordinate the rescue efforts of 3 NGO vessels dealing with 10 platforms in distress (PIDs).

The Naval Service flagship has now completed a second and third rescue of 211 migrants from two further inflatable craft, as well as taking 85 migrants on board from one of the NGO ships.

On board are 431 migrants  (346 rescued, 85 transferred from NGO vessel) and is proceeding to two further PIDs, while also coordinating the NGO ships.

The migrants on board received food water and medical treatment where required.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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