Tipperary rescue group join Mayo search

Photo © Pat Flynn

Members of the Carrick on Suir River Rescue group are today joining the search for missing Irish Coast Guard airmen, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith.

They set out from their base in Carrick at 6 o’clock this morning to make the journey to Mayo.

Rescue 116 went down off the Mayo coast over three weeks ago – the wreckage of the helicopter was recovered last Sunday, but there was no sign of two remaining missing crew members

Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered at sea soon after the helicopter went down, but died later in hospital. The body of pilot Captain Mark Duffy was found in the wreckage of the helicopter last week.

Michael Hickey of Carrick River Rescue says they’re hoping to help in some way in the search efforts.