The LÉ Eithne has rescued more than 700 people during a number of rescue operations in the Mediterranean today.

In total 606 migrants were rescued by the crew, and a further 106 were taken on board from an NGO vessel that was operating in the area.

During one operation, which was co-ordinated by the LÉ Eithne, five vessels, which were spotted on a "look-out" by crew, were found in distress.

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Five people and a baby were taken from the water unconscious during the rescue but were all revived on board ribs, which had been deployed by the navy ship.

Captain of the vessel, Commander Brian Fitzgerald, said a record number of 712 migrants were on board and were said to be doing well.

The numbers on board include 571 men and 121 women, 14 of whom are pregnant. There are 20 children also on board, four of whom are below the age of four months.