Search for R116 crew members begins again off Blackrock
FRESH attempts to find the bodies of missing R116 crew members Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith have begun near Black Rock Island.
Renewed sonar searches and trawling continued yesterday around the crash site of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter that went down in the Atlantic off the coast of north Mayo.
Rescue 116 crashed on March 14 with four crew on board after it struck Black Rock Island 20km off the coast.
The bodies of the winchman and winch operator were never recovered despite weeks of intensive seabed, surface and shore searches.
Also on board were Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, the commander of the flight who was pulled from the sea in the hours after the crash, and Captain Mark Duffy, the co-pilot whose body was taken from the cockpit 12 days later by Navy divers.
With calmer summer seas and swells in the area, a Donegal-based fishing boat, the MFV Westbound, has been fitted with specially designed nets as part of the operation.
The boat is also running sonar systems which it normally uses for deep-sea trawling.