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Search Continues for Missing Crew of R116

7th April 2017
Coast Guard Helicopter R116 – the search for two missing crew continues Coast Guard Helicopter R116 – the search for two missing crew continues

Remote Operations Vehicle (ROV) operations, conducted by Marine Institute specialists on-board the Granuaile in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and the Air Accident Investigation Unit continued overnight and are ongoing. Wind has freshened overnight, which may constrain certain elements of the proposed search until Sunday, but conditions remain favourable for time being. Air, surface and shoreline searches are ongoing today, supported by Coast Guard, RNLI and Civil Defence volunteers. The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter will conduct aerial searches later today. The Air Corps are also supporting the search.

Also the Coast Guard wishes to request all mariners, particularly those not participating on Saturday 8th April, to continue to keep a good lookout for any material associated with R116 and report any sightings to Malin Head Coast Guard Co-ordination Centre.

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  • Comment Link Jennifer   Fay 8th April 2017 posted by Jennifer Fay

    I am very sad about the R116 and I have been a very good friend of over ten yrs with Paul Ormsby. I am in Australia...Paul and i have always talked on the phone every week and sometimes 4 to 7 days of the week for many years. I am lucky to have known Paul and he has been a friend and joy in my life !! Paul and I living for a long time on our own - found great friendship -not romance but just honest good friendship and always someone to go to and he the same.I was only chatting to Paul a few hours before he went on shift the night R116 crash.Paul told me Dara and Mark and Smitty would be on with him and he was happy that they were - they all were friends .I know these wonderful people - over the yrs Paul would talk a lot about his work - they would not know me but I know them through Paul.Paul adored Dara and her son Fionn and Paul really liked Smitty and Mark!!! On some level it seemed he knew what was ahead...Pauls last words to me were " Jen you are my friend and I want you to be happy".Paul had never said that to me ever in the time I have known him ! Its as though he knew what may be ahead . Love you Paul and i know your ok and in a beautiful place doing well and I shall go on talking to you - always .Dara a beautiful person and Smitty kind and wonderful and Mark the exact same. I am very sad... but I know we don't die but only leave the body behind to ascend to a greater place ! I miss Paul very much and still think he will get in contact or the phone will ring.
    Love always - Jen.

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