Irish Navy rescues 242 off wooden boat in Mediterranean

Irish Navy rescues 242 off wooden boat in Mediterranean
File photo of the L.E. Samuel Beckett

The L.E. Samuel Beckett has completed its first search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean.

242 people were rescued from a wooden boat 80 kilometres north west of Tripoli.

The Irish navy vessel has just started operations in the region, replacing the L.E. Niamh.

Today's operation has brought to nearly 7,400 the number of people rescued by the three Irish navy vessels deployed since the summer.

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