Updated: 27/03/17 : 07:44:14
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Search for missing rescue winchmen continues

Naval Service divers will commence the next phase of their search at the wreckage of Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter this morning.

After the body of Captain Mark Duffy was recovered, efforts will now be made to lift the aircraft from the sea bed.

It is located in 40 metres of water, a short distance from Blackrock Island, some ten kilometres off the Mayo coast.

Lieutenant Daniel Humphries, Officer in Charge of dive operations, has described the swells around Blackrock as being among the most challenging conditions he has ever worked in.

It is hoped they will abate and allow for this operation to continue.

If that happens, Naval Service divers will be focusing on the area underneath the wreckage.


Attempts will be made to place airbags underneath sections of the helicopter in an attempt to lift it from the seabed.

This will allow divers to check for any sign of the two missing crew members in an area that has not yet been surveyed.

The latest stage In the recovery operation comes after it was confirmed that debris from Rescue 116 had been spotted as far north as Killybegs in Co Donegal.

something that shows the scale of the task facing search crews as the operation enters thirteenth day.