LÉ Róisín: Irish naval ship rescues 371 people from three boats
An Irish naval ship has rescued 371 migrants from three boats in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday morning.
The ship, called the LÉ Róisín, was deployed to its first mission at 06:50 local time, and rescued 114 people from a rubber boat off the Libyan coast.
As soon as they were on board, the crew approached another rubber boat in the same area and rescued 115 people.
A further 142 migrants were found in a third boat nearby, about 37 nautical miles north west of Tripoli.
They were all taken on board the LÉ Róisín, where they were offered food, water and medical treatment.
The operation was directed by the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.
The Irish naval ship has rescued more than 1,000 people since it joined the international search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean last month.
It is the fourth Irish ship to be deployed to the operation, and was proceeded by the LÉ Eithne, the LÉ Niamh and the LÉ Samuel Beckett.
A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.