Irish Navy ship rescues 12 migrants
An Irish Navy ship dispatched to the Mediterranean has rescued 12 people from a small boat in distress.
The craft was recovered at 9am this morning, about 30 miles (48km) north of the Italian island of Lampedusa after authorities intercepted an emergency beacon last night.
A navy spokesman said the 12 men on board were badly dehydrated.
The 20ft (6m) vessel with a single outboard engine is believed to have set off from Tripoli in Libya five days ago and by the time of the rescue there was no food, water or fuel left.
The Defence Forces said it is the fourth successful search and rescue operation the crew of the LE Eithne naval ship have taken part in since their departure from Cork to the Mediterranean in the middle of last month.
Some 649 migrants have been saved since it began operations.