From top: Irish Coast Guard helicopter; Marine map of search site off Mayo coast this morning.

A Irish coastguard helicopter has gone missing off the west coast of Ireland with four crew members on board. A search is underway six miles to the west of Blacksod Bay in County Mayo to find Rescue 116.

One of the four crew members has been found among debris in a critical condition,…. The search party reportedly includes helicopters and local fishing boats.

Irish coastguard head says hopes ‘fading fast’ for missing helicopter crew (BBC)

The helicopter was providing top cover for the Sligo-based R118 helicopter, which was involved in an medical evacuation of a fisherman over 100 miles off the Mayo coast.

The R116 was preparing to refuel at Blacksod lighthouse when all contact was lost and disappeared from radar. Its last known location was approximately eight miles off the coast at Blackrock lighthouse.

Once contact was lost, an extensive search and rescue was put in place, involving the Achill and Ballyglass lifeboats along with R118.

Debris from the helicopter, including the aircraft door, have been located close to the aircraft’s last known location.

Search continues for missing helicopter crew (Mayo News)




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13 thoughts on “Rescue 116

  1. Murtles

    Sad news indeed. These guys that fly out to sea on a stormy night to rescue others are nothing short of heros.

    1. Kieran NYC


      Have so much respect for them and the RNLI. Their work day is usually the worst day of someone else’s life.

  2. dav

    RIP, apparently the impact with the sea was at high speed, looks like what ever went wrong, they didn’t have time to react.

  3. ahjayzis

    Devastating for their families and loved ones. Proper heroes. Really hope the crewmember in hospital pulls through.

  4. Daisy Chainsaw

    Such an awful tragedy. I’m really hoping the rescued crewmember pulls through and the others are found quickly to give their families and friends closure.

  5. mildred st. meadowlark

    God, that’s only awful.

    There are no words for something like this.


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