HMS Richmond rescues over 130 migrants in Mediterranean Sea

9 November 2015 (Last Updated November 9th, 2015 18:30)

The UK Royal Navy frigate HMS Richmond has rescued more than 130 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea as part of a day-long operation by European navies.

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The UK Royal Navy frigate HMS Richmond has rescued more than 130 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea as part of a day-long operation by European navies.

The rescue event saved more than 500 people from a cluster of overcrowded and inadequate boats trying to cross the central Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe.

The European navies called into action after Spanish and Luxembourgian reconnaissance aircraft sighted half a dozen craft, including one fishing boat and a couple of skiffs in the sea.

In addition to HMS Richmond, the rescue event involved the operation's flagship, carrier ITS Cavour, the Belgian frigate Leopold I and Slovenian patrol ship Triglav.

"The reason I joined the Royal Navy was to make a difference and help people, this was an experience I will never forget, and has been my proudest day so far."

Following the operation, the refugees were given food and medical assistance by the crew of Royal navy ship.

The Royal navy personnel ferried the migrants aboard the vessel using its sea boats, one of which was being driven by Engineering Technician Jade Convery.

Convery said: "The reason I joined the Royal Navy was to make a difference and help people, this was an experience I will never forget, and has been my proudest day so far.

"I've really enjoyed working with the European Union Naval Force; working with other navies has been a huge learning experience, and we already feel part of one team."

In October, HMS Enterprise and HMS Richmond rescued more than 540 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

With the latest operation, the number of people rescued by Royal Navy ships in the Mediterranean since May reached around 8,000.


Image: HMS Richmond's Sea Boat beside the migrant craft during the rescue operation. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.