A baby girl has reportedly been born on board the Irish naval ship the LÉ Eithne, during a rescue mission in the Mediterranean.

 

The ship's crew rescued 703 refugees and migrants from five inflatable boats yesterday, during a major operation around 83km off the coast of Libya.

 

While on the way to the 'port of safety' in Cantina, Sicily, medics from the Defence Forces assisted in the delivery of a baby girl.

 

Both mother and baby are said to be healthy and well - what wonderful news. 

 

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The hundreds of rescued people received medical treatment where needed, and were also given food and water.

 

The ship is expected to arrive in the safety port in Sicily tomorrow morning.

 

LÉ Eithne returned to the Mediterranean in May of this year, as part of an ongoing Operation. 

 

Congrats to the new mum! 

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