Irish ship saves 712 immigrants off Libyan coast

File Photo: A rib from the Irish Naval Service ship LÉ Samuel Beckett is seen rescuing more than 700 people, including two children, off the Libyan coast

An Irish naval ship has rescued 712 people, including pregnant women and infants, off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli as part of an international migrant-rescue effort, Ireland’s Defence Forces say.

The Le Eithne ship led the rescue of multiple vessels in distress 40km north-west of Tripoli throughout Sunday, Al-Jazeera reported.

Six migrants, including one baby, were revived from states of unconsciousness, it added.

The ship will transport the people, including 14 pregnant women and four infants below the age of four months, to a designated “port of safety” to be handed over to Italian authorities, it also indicated.

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