Dundalk man earns International Service Medal for humanitarian mission

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David Lynch

Dundalk man earns International Service Medal for humanitarian mission

Sub Liut. Sean McCoy

Sean McCoy from Doylesfort Grove, Dundalk recently received his International Operational Service Medal for his service on the humanitarian mission by the Defence Forces to rescue migrants fleeing to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea.
The medals were presented to the recipitants at a ceremony in Dun Laoghaire by Minister of State Paul Keogh T.D.recently.
The ceremony was also attended by Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice Admiral Mark Mellett D.S.M and Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service (FOCNS) Commodore Hugh Tully.
Sean is a Sub Liut who has served as Irish / Italian Liaison Officer on board the Italian Frigate ITV Virginio Fasan from September 2015 to December 2015. This vessel had responsibility for co-coordinating all rescue missions in the area.
To date Irish Naval Vessels involved on Operation Pontus have rescued more than 14000 people from flimsy craft and from the sea.Sadly they have also recovered more than 100 bodies from the sea.