Irish ship rescues over 700 migrants off Libyan coast

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Published 26.06.2017 10:22
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An Irish naval ship rescued 712 people at sea, including pregnant women and infants, off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli Monday. The rescue came as part of an international migrant rescue effort, Ireland's Defence Forces said.

The LÉ Eithne ship led the rescue of multiple vessels in distress 40 kilometers north-west of Tripoli throughout Sunday. Six migrants, including one baby, were revived from states of unconsciousness.

The ship will transport the people, including 14 pregnant women and four infants below the age of four months, to a designated "port of safety" to be handed over to Italian authorities.

"I'm very proud to say all lives were saved, no lives were lost. It was a complex operation where lives were at stake at every turn over a full eight-hour period," Commander Brian Fitzgerald told national broadcaster RTE from the ship.

"Overall, they were really in a wretched condition but in all cases healthy enough to undertake the journey to a port of safety."

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