Earlier today the Irish naval vessel LÉ Róisín successfully located and rescued 125 migrants from a rubber craft 40 miles off the Libyan coast.
The LÉ Róisín departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork on 1st May and has been active in search and rescue operations since the 12th May.
The migrants are now receiving food, water and medical treatment and will be transferred to a designated place of safety where they will be administered by the Italian authorities.
The LÉ Róisín is continuing the great work carried out by LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett last year which helped rescue thousands of migrants from the waters.
The war currently raging in Syria has forced a mass movement of people out of the area and encouraged many to attempt the dangerous Mediterranean crossing, often in craft that are unseaworthy and over-capacity.
The LÉ Róisín is a very useful addition to the humanitarian efforts. At 78 metres long and with a top speed of 23 knots, she can to respond quickly to emergencies.. Her typical complement of 44 crew has been increased with presence of mission specialists like divers and emergency medics.