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The Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., announced today that the LÉ Eithne, as part of the coordinated response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, is involved in its first rescue operation of migrants in the Mediterranean.

The Minister commented “LÉ Eithne under the command of her captain, Commander Pearse O’Donnell, and her crew are providing an invaluable asset in assisting with the Mediterranean migrant crisis. The operation today demonstrates clearly the value of our participation in this important humanitarian mission.”

The Irish Flagship was alerted to five craft in potential distress approximately 60 km off the coast of Libya. LÉ Eithne has been tasked by the Italian coastguard to recover the occupants of two of the vessels and other Naval Vessels in the area are responding to the remaining three (3) migrant vessels.

The Minister confirmed that “LÉ Eithne has completed the rescue of 88 personnel from the first craft with more expected from the second vessel, which is currently in progress “.

The Irish Naval Vessel is providing medical assistance, food, water and dry clothes to those in need and will transfer them safely to port in Italy as soon as possible

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