Nearly 300 migrants were rescued from two rubber vessels
The LÉ William Butler Yeats has recovered three people from the water during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean.
The ship assisted in operations following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.
The LÉ William Butler Yeats located and rescued 285 migrants from two rubber vessels during two search and rescue operations 44 kilometres north-west of Tripoli.
The Defence Forces say during the course of the second operation, three people were declared dead.
Their bodies are onboard the Irish vessel.
The first operation began at 10:12am and 146 migrants were taken onboard by 12:28pm.
The second rescue operation started at 1:39pm and 139 migrants - plus the three deceased - were onboard by 3:25pm.
The migrants are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required.
The LÉ William Butler Yeats remains in the area, awaiting further direction from the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre.