Published in Oil Industry News on Tuesday, 14 March 2017
A Coastguard Helicopter (Rescue 116) crashed into the Atlantic Ocean at around 1am this morning. One crew member has been rescued with three others still unaccounted for.
Rescue 116 was part of a two helicopter operation to medevac a patient from an offshore fishing vessel. The patient was being transported in the other Search and Rescue aircraft.
Coastguard Director Eugene Clonan said “Hopes are fading” as the search for the missing crewmen enters it’s eighth hour.
The search is being conducted 6 miles west of Black Sod in County Mayo and the aircraft debris has already been recovered.
Rescue 116 is a Sikorsky S92 Helicopter which was operated on behalf of the Irish Coastguard by Helicopter Operator CHC.
No details concerning the cause of the crash are available at this time.
The Coast Guard gave the following statement:
“We confirm that there has been an incident involving one of our Search and Rescue (SAR) Helicopters off the west coast of Ireland.
“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. SAR Helicopters from Sligo and Shannon are on scene along with the Air Corps Casa. Ballyglass and Achill all weather lifeboats (ALBs) are on scene along with five local fishing vessels.
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.
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.
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Unites` thoughts are with family friends and colleagues involved in the incident . Also Unite would like to commend all emergency crews on their professionalism and bravery in carrying out a dangerous and hazardous job.
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