The "LÉ James Joyce" rescued approximately 155 migrants from the Mediterranean in the early hours of July 28, 2016. Following a request from Italian rescue co-ordinators, the crew located and successfully rescued the migrants during two operations in the sea to the North West of Tripoli. All migrants taken are board were now receiving food, water and medical assistance.
The first operation began at 6.20 a.m. and rescued around 25 people from a wooden vessel. The vessel was again called on at 7.15 a.m. to assist with the rescue of a further 130 individuals from a rubber vessel in the same area. The first operation took 35 minutes while the second lasted for over two hours.
In another mission a further 278 migrants were rescued from a rubber craft 40 nautical miles from Tripoli. The "LÉ James Joyce" was subsequently tasked to rendezvous with the NGO vessel "Luventa" from which a further 163 migrants were transferred. They were being brought to a port where they will be handed over to the Italian authorities.
Last week the LÉ James Joyce rescued 453 people from the Mediterranean during a single operation in which 16 bodies were also recovered.
On July 29, 2016, at 2:10 a.m. the CROSS f Etel was contacted by the "Challenger" after the skipper had suffered a head injury. The trawler was 63 miles off the Sables d'Olonne. After the connection to the CROSS Etel was suddenly interrupted, the emergency services continued their investigations with the "Le Battant", another trawler in the vicinity of the "Challenger". The decision was then taken to evacuate the injured sailor to the hospital in La Rochelle. A Dauphin helicopter of the Navy base in La Rochelle took off towards the trawler. The injured was then hoisted and taken to Hospital in La Rochelle. The three crew members who had remained on board were heading back to the port of Cotinière, Saint Pierre d'Oléron where the ship arrived in the afternoon.
The Norwegian JRCC was notfied that the "Barolo III" was disabled on July 28, 2016, at 5.50 p.m. at old Hellesund off Lillesand. The lifeboat "Bendt R. Rasmussen" was called to assist. It had been 300 meters away and took the yacht in tow soon after. The owner Bjørn Maaseide stated that the yacht had bumped into a stone which damaged the propeller, so that the engine shut down subsequently. They were two people on board. After an investigation the yacht continued the journey towards Kragerø following the reset of the system one hour later.
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