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Commander Birot to the rescue of 217 shipwrecked

(credit: DICOD / French Navy)

(B2) The high seas patrol boat of the French Navy “Commandant Birot” saved the lives of 217 shipwrecked people in the Mediterranean, Saturday May 2, 2015. The high seas patrol boat provided assistance to three boats reported in distress on the high seas, at north of the Libyan coast, explains the press release from the French naval staff. This rescue mission was carried out under the responsibility of the Rome Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC Rome – maritime rescue coordination center). Arriving in the area, “Commander Birot” came to the aid of several dozen shipwreck victims in distress and intercepted two alleged “smugglers”. A total of 217 men were picked up by the navy crew. Two shipwreck victims were cared for by the French military doctor and nurses on board. The castaways were disembarked in an Italian port designated by MRCC Rome and handed over to the Italian authorities. NB: Commander Birot intervenes as part of the strengthening of Frontex's Operation Triton, decided at the European Council on April 23, 2015.


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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).