Irish navy vessel LE Samuel Beckett rescues 218 people from Med
THE Irish navy vessel LE Samuel Beckett has rescued another 218 people from rubber dinghy boats off the coast of Libya.
The ship's crew (pictured) came to the aid of those seeking to get to Europe from North Africa in its latest operation as the humanitarian crisis continues.
At around 5am yesterday they rescued 85 people, including 52 men and 33 women, from a small craft just 40 miles north east of Tripoli.
A short time later, the crew spotted another rubber boat carrying 133 people, including six children, 97 men and 30 women - one of whom was pregnant.
All of those rescued were given water, food and medical attention.
The LE Samuel Beckett has rescued 565 people since it was deployed to the Mediterranean earlier this month.
It is the third Irish Naval Service vessel to be deployed in the area and has a crew of 59 personnel under the command of Lieut Cdr Anthony Geraghty.
The LE Eithne and LE Niamh rescued a total of 7,397 men, women and children during their missions.
The LE Samuel Beckett is due to return to Ireland in December.