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    HereWeGoAgain HereWeGoAgain is offline

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    Coast Guard helicopter with four crew missing off west coast

    RTE News reports:

    A search operation is under way for a Coast Guard helicopter missing off the west coast.

    The "major sea search" is being carried out around 10km west of Black Sod in Co Mayo after the Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter with four crew on board lost contact at 1am.

    https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0314/85...mayo-incident/


    Irish Times reports:


    All weather lifeboats from Ballyglass and Achill are also there along with five local fishing vessels.
    The missing helicopter had been providing cover for another coast guard helicopter on a mission when contact was lost.
    They were evacuating a crewman in need of medical attention on a UK fishing vessel about 150 miles west of Eagle Island in Co Mayo.


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    Coast Guard helicopter with four crew missing off west coast


    Spokesman for the Coast Guard said:
    "The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter R118 completed an early morning medical evacuation (medevac) of a crewman requiring urgent medical attention from a UK registered fishing vessel approximately 150 miles west of Eagle Island in County Mayo.

    "Russian fishing vessel some 180 miles North West of Erris Head Co. Mayo. Owing to the distance involved safety and communication support, known as Top Cover, was provided by the second Coast Guard helicopter, the Dublin based R116."

    "At approximately 1am contact was lost with one of our SAR Helicopters. A major sea search is ongoing off the county Mayo coast approximately six miles west of Blacksod.

    "The search operation is being coordinated by the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre in Malin Head. Both helicopters refuelled at Blacksod prior to transiting to the scene."
    Irish Independent
    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news...-35529014.html

    Statement from Coastguard

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    Oh sweet Jesus.
    This sounds horrible.
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    Omg. Just read that. Please let them be safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy M5 View Post
    Oh sweet Jesus.
    This sounds horrible.
    Yes Boy, so very sad.

    Thoughts and prayers with the families awaiting news
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    Jim Daly‏ @psneeze 2m2 minutes ago

    Rescue115 (blue on right) back out on the search for #Rescue116. Casa on left, RNLI and fishing vessels centre.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HereWeGoAgain View Post


    Jim Daly‏ @psneeze 2m2 minutes ago

    Rescue115 (blue on right) back out on the search for #Rescue116. Casa on left, RNLI and fishing vessels centre.




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    The Air Corps Casa of course on scene that is high tech in terms of electronics - some fella posted about it on here in the air corps jet fighter thread
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    Beautiful part of the country, but by God the weather can be severe. Doesn't sound good.
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    Hopefully everyone is found safe. Rescue 116 is based in Dublin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by damus View Post
    Hopefully everyone is found safe. Rescue 116 is based in Dublin.
    was 'providing topcover for rescue 115 on a medivac off the coast of Erris when contact was lost'

    here's video link to Rescue115 returning with original casualty before returning to search for #Rescue116

    thanks to Fergus Sweeney, freelance cameraman
    https://twitter.com/FergusMaSuibhne
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    Really hope all are found safe and well.
    My thoughts are with them.
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