Section of R116 found off Mayo coast

Photo: © Pat Flynn

A section of the missing Coast Guard helicopter R116 has been found by Air Accident Investigation Unit inspectors on Blackrock, some 10 kilometres off the Mayo coast.

It comes as efforts to locate the crew of Rescue 116 get underway again today off Mayo’s north coast.

Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith are still missing after the Coast Guard helicopter came down on Tuesday.


A high sea swell prevented diving yesterday but a special vessel – The Granuaile – will assist in mapping the suspected crash site as soon as there is a break in weather today.

Declan Geoghegan, manager with the Irish Coast Guard, says it’s a huge operation: