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LE Eithne rescues 647 migrants in the Med

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The rescue operation the Irish Navy carried out today
The rescue operation the Irish Navy carried out today

The Irish Navy has rescued another 647 migrants in the Mediterranean.

In two separate operations about 50 miles north-west off the Libyan capital Tripoli, men, women and children were taken off two wooden barges.

The crew of the LE Eithne took part in the first search and rescue after transferring a group of 593 migrants to HMS Bulwark.

The first rescue started at about 8am Irish time when 330 people were safely taken from a barge and immediately afterwards the crew was tasked to assist with another rescue of 317 migrants on another barge.

The migrants included 544 men, 95 women and eight children, the Irish Navy said.