The KFO and IFPO are continuing to assist in the search for the two missing crew of Rescue 116


The KFO and IFPO are continuing to assist in the search for the two missing crew of Rescue 116, operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith and will be embarking on a coordinated search of Donegal Bay starting from Black Rock light house at first light Saturday morning.

The KFO and IFPO said:

“We are continuing to assist with the search for the missing crew of R 116 and we will embark on a coordinated search using a number of large RSW vessels and other vessels leaving Killybegs on Friday afternoon to be in a position to start the search from Black Rock light house at first light Saturday morning. The intention is to search northwards from Black Rock covering Donegal Bay and further north. This search has been discussed with the Coast Guard and they are very appreciative of our support, advice and continued assistance. In addition to this co-ordinated search we are asking all fishing vessels operating in the area to keep a close eye out for any debris from the helicopter”.

They added: “We fully understand that a large number of vessels want to get involved in the search but we would ask that vessels do not risk going to sea in small vessels when the weather conditions are unsuitable. Safety at sea is of paramount importance and we do not want further tragedies.”


Following consultation with the Coast Guard, An Garda Síochana, RNLI, and fishermen, it has been decided to organise a coordinated sea search from Achill Island (Mayo) to Aranmore Island (Donegal) for missing crew members of rescue helicopter 116, Ciaran Smith and Paul Ormsby, on Saturday 8th April, commencing at approximately 9am.

Safety is paramount in this entire operation, for this reason we are asking all vessels intending to engage in the sea search to check in on the morning of the search with their local RNLI Lifeboat or Coast Guard vessel.

Upon completion of search, all vessels must report back to the lifeboat or coast guard vessel to confirm completion of search. This is to ensure that all vessels return safely to harbour.

It will be mandatory for crew of all vessels involved in the sea search to wear life jackets and operate within normal safety procedure. We would also ask for your cooperation to obey any instructions given by the RNLI or Coast Guard.

Enquires to :
Eamon 087 774 3404 / eamondixon67@gmail.com
Piaras 086 811 4308
Gerry 087 805 4246




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