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Royal Navy Save More Than 18,000 Migrants

They have also worked hard to disrupt the illegal migration flow by burning smuggling boats.

Bulwark rescuse Migrants

The Royal Navy has saved more than 18,000 migrants, following a rescue last night.

On Tuesday evening, 240 people were taken on board HMS Echo near the coast of Libya and taken to Sicily. 

Another 93 migrants were transferred on to the vessel after being rescued by a civilian ship.

The rescue has increased the total number of migrants saved by the Royal Navy to 18,067.

Operation Sophia, an EU mission which was launched in April 2015, has seen Navy ships deployed to focus on rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean and transporting them to Europe.

They have also worked to disrupt the illegal migration flow.

Royal Navy rescues Migrants
Image: Press Association.

Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has praised the work of the Royal Navy:

"This is a significant rescue operation and underlines our commitment to saving the lives of innocent people, as well stopping those responsible for smuggling them across perilous waters.

"British ships and their crews have played an integral role in the Mediterranean.

"There are 18,000 men, women and children who may not be alive today if it was not for the dedicated work of our sailors on the sea."

Cover image: Press Association.

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