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Fourteen dead in Mediterranean barge as Irish Navy rescues refugees

By Brian Hutton

Published 29/07/2015

Fourteen bodies have been discovered by Irish sailors on an overcrowded migrant barge in the Mediterranean.

The Irish Navy said the remains were lifted along with 210 surviving refugees from the wooden vessel around 80km (50 miles) off the Libyan coast.

There were 35 children among the rescued.

They are getting food, water and medical attention as part of an international migrant rescue mission.

It is thought the barge left Tripoli in the early hours of Monday.

The remains were taken aboard the naval ship, before it set off towards the port of Messina in Sicily.

The LE Niamh has so far rescued 1,280 migrants as part of the international humanitarian mission.

Medecins Sans Frontieres said it is outraged about the discovery of the bodies.

Paula Farias, co-ordinator on the organisation's Dignity I vessel which assisted in the operation, said migrants should be helped to flee their countries.

"It is heartbreaking to see human lives lost at sea," she said.

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