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Irish Navy rescues 123 migrants and recovers one body in latest mission

Irish Navy rescues 123 migrants and recovers one body in latest mission

The Irish Navy rescued 123 migrants from a 12-metre long rubber boat which was floating 28 nautical miles from Tripoli, Libya, today.

One deceased male migrant was also recovered from the craft.

The mission was launched following a request from Italian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Operation Mare Sicuro,

The LÉ Róisín’s rescue commenced at 8am local time and all the migrants were on board by 10:30am.

The people are currently receiving food, water and medical treatment.

LÉ Róisín has rescued 519 people to date.

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.