HMS Bulwark rescues 370 more migrants

1 June 2015 (Last Updated June 1st, 2015 18:30)

The UK Royal Navy flagship Albion-class assault ship HMS Bulwark has rescued around 370 more migrants from the Mediterranean Sea.

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The UK Royal Navy flagship Albion-class assault ship HMS Bulwark has rescued approximately 370 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea.

The vessel deployed five landing craft to save the migrant group, including 50 children, from one boat located off the Libyan coast.

This incident was one of five simultaneous migrant rescue operations carried out off of the Libyan coast by the European navies, including British, Italian, German, and Irish naval forces.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "HMS Bulwark and her crew have once again saved hundreds of lives in the Mediterranean migrant crisis, offering medical assistance, food, water, and dry clothes to those in need.

"A wider political solution is required to this crisis, but that does not detract from the rescue at sea."

HMS Bulwark also received 368 more migrants picked up by German frigate FGS Hessen and the Irish Navy corvette LÉ Eithne.

" A wider political solution is required to this crisis, but that does not detract from the rescue at sea."

Later, the vessel left to a port designated by the Italian authorities so the migrants can be safely disembarked, the Royal Navy stated.

In May this year, HMS Bulwark rescued more than 400 migrants after it was alerted to four craft in potential distress approximately 40 miles off the coast of Libya.

The 19,000t amphibious vessel was deployed for migrants rescue operations after a shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea resulted in the deaths of more than 700 migrant people.

The UK Government sent the HMS Bulwark, along with three Merlin MK 2 Helicopters, and two civilian border patrol boats to the Mediterranean Sea to help tackle the refugee crisis.


Image: HMS Bulwark rescued migrants with the support of its five landing craft. Photo: courtesy of the UK Royal Navy.