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Irish naval crews rescue 225 migrants off Libya

Published 23/08/2015

The vessel LE Niamh was involved in the rescue
The vessel LE Niamh was involved in the rescue

Irish naval crews have rescued another 225 people trying to cross the Mediterranean.

Twelve children were among the latest migrants who were found in distress on two inflatable boats off Libya.

The naval ship Le Niamh was sent to the scene, 112km (69 miles) north east of Tripoli, on Saturday night as part of an ongoing humanitarian mission.

In an operation lasting more than nine hours, 107 men, women and children were rescued from one vessel, and 118 from another.

They are all receiving water, food and, where necessary, medical assistance onboard the Le Niamh, said an Irish Navy spokesman.

"The Le Niamh is awaiting direction from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre for its next tasking," he added.

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