A flotilla of trawlers is to leave Donegal in a co-ordinated search for Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsb

A large fleet of trawlers is being organised to search part of the Atlantic off the northwest coast for the two winchmen missing from crashed Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116.

"On Saturday the 8th of April the Irish Coast Guard , RNLI , Irish Air Corps , the Irish Naval Service and Civil Defence , boats, aircraft, land search and UAV teams, will be joined by more than 80 civilian vessels to mount one of the largest open water and shoreline searches ever undertaken in the history of the state.

"In a combined search effort for the missing Irish Coast Guard Helicopter crewmen, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby, the fleet will conduct an extensive search of the coastline from Co. Mayo to Co. Donegal.

"The response to the search appeal has been incredibly heart warming.

"With so many civilian vessels engaged in search operations safety is the number one consideration.

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