Irish Navy rescues 111 in the Med. Recovers two deceased

Two migrants died while 111 were rescued when Irish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel LÉ Róisín located a long rubber vessel located 37 nautical miles northwest of Tripoli on June 16. 

The vessel’s crew started the operation early in the morning but two female migrants could not be saved, the navy said.

LÉ Róisín is now proceeding towards the Port of Lampedusa where the migrants will be transferred over to Italian authorities.

The ship has so far contributed to the rescue of 893 persons from the Mediterranean Sea while deployed to the EU mission Operation Sophia.

LÉ Róisín departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on May 2 and began operations May 11, 2016.