Irish rescues 225 people from two inflatable vessels North-East of Tripoli

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
LE Niamh
LE Niamh

The LÉ Niamh has rescued 225 people from two inflatable vessels in distress 112km North-East of Tripoli.

The navy ship was involved in a rescue coordinated by the Italian coastguard where 3,000 people were taken to safety yesterday.

The LÉ Niamh, tasked by the Italian Marine Rescue Co Ordination Centre  deployed two rhibs to the first vessel. All 107 migrants were safely on board the LÉ NIAMH by midnight.

Immediately following the first rescue the ship was re-tasked to assist with the rescue of a further 118 migrants in the vicinity.

The LÉ Niamh now has 225 rescued migrants on board (139 male, 74 female and 12 children) who are receiving water, food and medical assistance.