The Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre in Malin is managing the surface search for the two missing crewmen of Rescue 116 this morning with a reported large number of fishing vessels that have offered their services.
The search is being desrcibed as the 'Largest open water search in the history of the Irish State'. Calm conditions off the West Coast have enabled searchers to get underway as planned.
No trace of Paul Ormsby or Ciarán Smith was found when the wreck of the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter was lifted from the sea bed off Black Rock in Co Mayo last weekend, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.
While underwater operations are ongoing, a fleet of fishing vessels from Killybegs this week are sweeping the Atlantic seaboard at first light this morning for any sign of the missing coastguard airmen.
More on this in our post yesterday here