Wednesday 21 February 2018

R116 search team angered at toll charge

Supt Tony Healy said the Garda water unit would conduct diving searches in the vicinity of Black Rock Lighthouse as soon as wind and tidal conditions allowed. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Supt Tony Healy said the Garda water unit would conduct diving searches in the vicinity of Black Rock Lighthouse as soon as wind and tidal conditions allowed. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Rory Tevlin

Members of Carrick River Rescue have expressed their disgust at being charged for taking their rescue boats through the toll after helping with the search for Rescue 116 in Co Mayo.

In a Facebook post they said they were charged toll for two boats and two vehicles on the M7 toll on the way back from Blacksod. "You would think they would want to help the families of the missing crew," they said.

Speaking at yesterday's meeting of Tipperary County Council, councillor David Dunne called it a "disgrace".

Read more: Volunteers searching for R116 crew 'disgusted' to be charged toll: 'We just want some compassion'

Meanwhile, the extensive search operation for the two missing crew members, Paul Ormbsy and Ciarán Smith, from the Rescue 116 helicopter tragedy around Black Rock island has concluded. Supt Tony Healy said the Garda water unit would conduct diving searches in the vicinity of Black Rock Lighthouse as soon as wind and tidal conditions allowed.

Irish Independent

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