LE EITHNE ON WAY TO MED

The LE Eithne has departed Irish shores to help in the rescue effort in the Mediterranean.

The naval vessel, with the 68 Irish sailors and two army medics on board, set sail from Cork this morning.

It’s the first time an Irish Navy ship has been deployed in an overseas humanitarian search and rescue operation.

Almost 2,000 people have drowned in the waters of the Mediterranean between Africa and Europe so far this year, as they attempt to flee war-torn countries.

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