Calls For Urgent Clarity On Future Of Shannon Helicopter Search And Rescue Crew

Photo: © Pat Flynn

A Clare TD claims it’s critical that this county’s helicopter search and rescue personnel are retained.

It comes as Bristow Ireland LTD has been awarded the state contract worth one billion euro to oversee Search and Rescue Aviation Services here for the next ten years.

The arrangement will see six new AW-189 helicopters distributed to four dedicated bases nationwide, with one such appliance to be located at Shannon Airport along with two fixed wing aircraft.


Bristow will succeed CHC who conducted the service from 2012 and Meelick Deputy, Cathal Crowe believes emergency responders with an in depth knowledge of Clare’s coasts cannot afford to be lost in the handover.

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