Saturday 27 May 2017

Divers expected to wait until Sunday to carry out search for missing Rescue 116, as funeral details for hero Captn Dara Fitzpatrick announced

Paul Cooney from Cavan Civil Defence, Dave O'Sullivan from Mayo Civil Defence and Martina Duffy from Mayo Civil Defence search along the coastline at Annagh Co Mayo for the missing Rescue 116 helicopter and crew. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Paul Cooney from Cavan Civil Defence, Dave O'Sullivan from Mayo Civil Defence and Martina Duffy from Mayo Civil Defence search along the coastline at Annagh Co Mayo for the missing Rescue 116 helicopter and crew. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The crew of Rescue 116; (left to right) Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy, Dara Fitzpatrick and Ciaran Smith,
Collect photo of Blackrock Lighthouse where the search continues for Rescue 116. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Collect photo of Blackrock Lighthouse where the search continues for Rescue 116. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The search continues along the coastline for the missing Rescue 116 helicopter and crew. Photo Steve Humphreys
Jim Murray Mayo Civil Defence prepares to search along the coastline at Annagh Co Mayo for the missing Rescue 116 helicopter and crew with their Matrice 600 Drone. Photo Steve Humphreys
An Irish naval vessel and other boats join the search for an Irish Coast Guard helicopter which went missing off the west coast of Ireland Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Debris from the missing Rescue 116 helicopter is brought back to Blacksod pier from another Coast Guard Helicopter. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The probe into the loss of Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter is currently centring on whether 'electrical failure' on the helicopter caused the crash. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Minister Shane Ross speaks to the media at the scene on Blacksod Pier. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Family members gather at Blacksod Pier. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Minister Shane Ross visits Blacksod Pier alongside, from left, Cllr Gerry Coyle, Garda Supt Tony Healy from Belmullet, Gerard O’Flynn, Operations Manager Irish Coast Guard, and Kevin Boxer Moran TD. Photo: Steve Humphreys
An RNLI Lifeboat pictured on its search for missing Coast Guard Crew members at Blacksod Bay. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
The LE Roisin pictured on its search for missing Coast Guard Crew members at Blacksod Bay. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
Heavy seas at Blacksod Bay which hampered search efforts for the missing crewmen of THe Coast Guard Helicopter today. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
Heavy seas at Blacksod Bay which hampered search efforts for the missing crewmen of THe Coast Guard Helicopter today. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
A sonar is placed over the side of a boat in the water to track the transponder during the search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys 15th March 2017
The search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys 15th March 2017
The search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys 15th March 2017
A sonar is placed in the water to track the transponder during the search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys 15th March 2017
The search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys 15th March 2017
The search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys
The search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys 15th March 2017
The search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys
The search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys
The search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys 15th March 2017
The search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys 15th March 2017
The search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys 15th March 2017
The search and rescue at first light at Blacksod Pier after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Pic Steve Humphreys 15th March 2017

Robin Schiller

Divers are now expected to wait until Sunday to carry out a search for the wreckage of Rescue 116 and its three missing crew members.

Pilot Mark Duffy, and winch men Ciaran Smith and Paul Ormsby, have still not been located after their helicopter Rescue 116 lost communication shortly before 1am on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile funeral details have been announced for Captain Dara Fitzpatrick (45), who was recovered from the sea but later pronounced dead.

Capt Fitzpatrick will be laid to rest on Saturday. The mass will take place at 11am in St Patrick’s Church, Glencullen followed by a cremation at Mount Jerome, Harold’s Cross.

The crew of Rescue 116; (left to right) Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy, Dara Fitzpatrick and Ciaran Smith,
The crew of Rescue 116; (left to right) Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy, Dara Fitzpatrick and Ciaran Smith,

The Granuaile vessel is expected to arrive at Black Rock early on Friday morning to carry out and underwater sonar-scan once the weather conditions improve.

Tonight it has emerged that some debris from the helicopter has been found near the lighthouse.

Derek Geoghegan, of the Irish Coast Guard, said that a window of good weather was paramount for sonar scanning and a dive to be carried out.

“So we’re going to clear [the debris] first. With the weather window we’ve established we’re going to go straight in with an ROV or a naval dive team once we’ve established where the black box is; that the wreckage is there and hopefully that our colleagues are with that wreckage.

“We identified that window of three to four hours on Sunday. We have to scan the area for clearance... to work there.

“The preparatory work we’ll have to do a lot of that this evening and tomorrow," he said.

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