Gallery: More dramatic snaps of Irish Navy rescuing migrants in Med
The Irish Navy have been in action in the Mediterranean overnight, this time rescuing 300 migrants.
Yesterday we brought you the news that the Irish Naval vessel LE Eithne and its crew were involved in an operation to rescue 201 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
Now we have pictures that shows the boat and its crew were plunged into action again overnight, this time rescuing 300 migrants from a massive, crowded barge, 45 kilometres north of Tripoli.
The crew were tasked by the Italian Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre and arrived on scene in the early hours of the morning.
They were tasked to the second operation immediately after transferring the first group of migrants to the Royal Navy vessel HMS Bulwark.
The Defence Forces said all the rescued migrants were given water, food and medical attention and sea conditions were calm during the near three hours operation.
Later, at about 9.45am this morning Irish time, the LE Eithne discovered another rubber dinghy carrying about 100 migrants. It is expected to take these on board over the next few hours.
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.
The Naval Service vessel will be deployed in the Mediterranean for a period of up to six months over the summer period, subject to the operational demands and requirements arising in the theatre of operations.