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Donegal vessel continuing 116 search mission

Killybegs boat searching Mayo coast today

By Eamonn McFadden

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By Eamonn McFadden

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Donegal vessel continuing 116 search mission

The MFV Westbound .

A Killybegs fishing vessel is undertaking a search of the north Mayo Coast today in an effort to locate two missing helicopter crew members who were on board the 116 Coast Guard helicopter when it crashed in March.
Fishing vessel “MFV Westbound” has been fitted with specialised net to search areas on the north side of the rock 13km west of the Mullet peninsula.
They are part of the search to try locate missing crew men Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith, after their Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crashed off Blackrock island, claiming their lives and the lives of their colleagues Capt Dara Fitzpatrick and Capt Mark Duffy, whose bodies have both been recovered.
Survey work was carried out yesterday by the Killybegs vessel, which has net specially modified gear donated by the local netmakers, Swan Net-Gundry.
The plans to trawl the area for the next four days if conditions allow.
The search is being coordinated by Malin Head Coast Guard.