Call for Air Corps rescue service to be reinstated
Published 21/06/2010 | 05:00
A FORMER head of the Air Corps, Brigadier General John O'Brien, has called for the service to be formally asked to resume vital maritime search and rescue missions
Air Corps helicopter pilots and crew last flew maritime search and rescue missions in 2004 and the work has since been carried out by civilian operators.
A lucrative new search and rescue contract worth €500m is about to be signed with a private company amid claims that it would cost a further €300m if the Air Corps resumed the role.
But Brig Gen O'Brien described the €800m estimate as "off the wall".