Coast Guard Tragedy

Operations at the crash site of Rescue 116 off the Mayo Coast have wound down for the night.

Search for missing Coast Guard crew members continues today in challenging diving conditions

Two weeks after Rescue 116 came down off the County Mayo coast, a major operation is continuing to try and locate two crew members who are still missing.

Latest: Divers suspend operation to raise Rescue 116 helicopter wreckage due to deteriorating weather

Rescue teams which recovered the body of an Irish Coast Guard pilot from the Atlantic seabed have said their hearts go out to the family.

Rescue 116: Drones aid search for two missing men off Mayo coast

The focus of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 search mission off the North Mayo coast has shifted to the recovery of the remaining two missing crew members, writes Evelyn Ring.

Rescue 116: Drones aid search for two missing men off Mayo coast

The focus of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 search mission off the North Mayo coast has shifted to the recovery of the remaining two missing crew members.

'Hearts and thoughts' with Mark Duffy's family as his body is recovered from sea

Rescue teams which recovered the body of Irish Coast Guard pilot Captain Mark Duffy from the Atlantic seabed have said their hearts go out to the family.

Latest: Coffin with Mark Duffy's body driven from Blacksod pier draped in Tricolour

Latest: Gardaí have confirmed the body recovered from the wreckage of Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 this morning is that of Captain Mark Duffy.

Search for Rescue 116: British experts to probe black box

The black box from Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 will be given to British experts today in the hope that they will be able to shed light on what caused Rescue 116 to crash off the coast of Co Mayo.

Latest: Body of crewman remains trapped in wreckage of Rescue 116

LATEST: The body of a crewman of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter that crashed into the Atlantic 11 days ago remains trapped in the wreckage.

Latest: Gardaí confirm a body has been found in the R116

Update 10.30pm: Gardaí have confirmed a body have been discovered on board the wreckage of the Rescue 116 aircraft.

Latest: Dive teams hope to examine wreckage of Coast Guard helicopter before lunchtime

Update 12.03pm: Divers are likely to search the wreckage of Rescue 116 this afternoon.

Latest: Rescue workers hope to dive on R116 wreck tomorrow

Update 10.30pm: Rescue workers off the Mayo coast hope to dive on the wreckage of Rescue 116 tomorrow.

Latest: Rescuers find wreckage of Rescue 116 helicopter

Latest: Wreckage of the rescue 116 helicopter has been found off the county Mayo coast.

Latest: 'Significant' amount of wreckage recovered from R116

Update 9.30pm: The Air Accident Investigation Unit has released a statement saying they have rescued a significant amount of debris from the R116.

Improved weather enables scans of helicopter search site

The search for the black box data recorder from the Coast Guard helicopter that went down off the Mayo coast received a boost yesterday after improved weather conditions allowed underwater scans to be taken of the area believed to be the crash site.

Crew in search for Coast Guard Rescue 116 to meet this evening

The search crew hunting for the wreckage of missing Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 are meeting this evening to discuss the next stage of the operation.

Funeral held for 'talented and generous' helicopter captain Dara Fitzpatrick

The captain of a Coast Guard helicopter that crashed into the Atlantic during a rescue mission was a brave hero, an adoring mother and a champion of the underdog, her funeral Mass has heard.

Funeral of Coast Guard captain Dara Fitzpatrick to take place today

The search is continuing for her three fellow crew members off the County Mayo coast.

Coast Guard, Gardai and community gathered in Blackrock, Co Louth for a candle lit vigil for the crew of Rescue 116. Pic: Ciara Wilkinson

Rescue 116 tragedy: Islander braves the sea to join volunteers

More than 120 volunteers converged on the tiny village of Aughleam near Blacksod Bay in Co Mayo yesterday to assist in the search for the crew members of the ill-fated helicopter R116.

Coast Guard and families of missing Rescue 116 crew hold vigil

Coast Guard, Gardaí and members of the local community have held a candle-lit vigil for the crew of Rescue 116 at the Sundial in Blackrock, Co Louth, this evening.

Rescue 116 tragedy: Black box search to resume Sunday due to bad weather

A sea scan for the black box and wreckage of Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 will not take place until Sunday afternoon, because of severe weather conditions.

Rescue 116 tragedy: History of the Irish Coast Guard

The Irish Coast Guard was established in 2000, evolving from the former Irish Marine Emergency Service (IMES) founded in 1991.

The Rescue 116 helicopter is believed to have crashed into the sea near Blackrock Lighthouse off the Mayo coast. Picture: Michael Mac Sweeney

Rescue 116 tragedy: ‘The wait is just the hardest thing’

Strong winds and heavy sea conditions have severely hampered the search operation for Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 in Blacksod, Mayo.

Donal McClement.

Rescue 116 tragedy: Search and rescue veteran says rewards far outweigh the risks

The rewards from the hazardous work of helicopter search and rescue missions far outweigh the potentially deadly risks, a retired winchman has said.

Divers bid to retrieve black box from Rescue 116

Divers and robots will today try to retrieve the black box of Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 from the ocean where it is thought to lie at a depth of up to 40 metres.

Captain Dara Fitzpatrick's sister Niamh and her parents John and Mary Fitzpatrick speaking on RTE News.

Rescue 116 tragedy: ‘Fionn has a village to raise him’

“They say it takes a village to raise a child and he has a village around him now who will raise him on her behalf.”

Profiles: The lives of the four crew members of Rescue 116

Remembering Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, and missing crew members Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith, and Paul Ormsby.

Coast Guard Tragedy: Dara Fitzpatrick - An experienced pilot and safety campaigner

The late Captain Dara Fitzpatrick had a high- profile role as a full-time member Coast Guard.

Coast Guard tragedy: Taoiseach offers ‘deepest sympathy’ to families

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has offered his “deepest sympathy” to the families of Irish Coast Guard workers affected by the tragedy off the coast of Mayo in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Coast Guard Tragedy: Five rescue choppers had safety checks in January

The Irish Coast Guard’s five search and rescue helicopters, operated by CHC Ireland, were grounded for a time earlier this year following an advisory from the aircraft manufacturer issued after an incident in the North Sea.

Coast Guard Tragedy: Helicopter crew had completed similar mission six days earlier

The task being undertaken by the crew of Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 when they disappeared was almost a carbon copy of a mission they carried out with their Sligo colleagues in Rescue 118 just six days earlier.

Coast Guard Tragedy: Major operation to locate Rescue 116 wreckage

A major operation to locate the wreckage of downed Rescue 116 is due to get underway at first light off Mayo today.

Coast Guard Tragedy: No warning and no mayday call

Intensive efforts to recover the remaining missing crew from the Coast Guard helicopter that vanished off the Mayo coast will continue today as air crash investigators try to find out what caused the disaster.

Latest: Family of Dara Fitzpatrick experiencing a 'living nightmare'

Latest: The family of Dara Fitzpatrick have spoken about their grief following the death of the Coast Guard pilot yesterday.

Rescue 116 tragedy: Our huge debt

ANOTHER terrible tragedy has befallen the Irish Coast Guard service.

Latest: Capt. Dara Fitzpatrick leaves behind 'heartbroken' family and 3-year-old son; 3 missing crew named

Latest: The three missing Irish Coast Guard crew members have been named locally as Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby.