Coastguard to coordinate any search involving local fishermen

The Irish Coastguard says it plans to co-ordinate any effort by local fishermen to get involved in the search for Rescue 116 in a safe and timely manner.

A spokesperson for the Coastguard has told Ocean FM News today that the swell at present would not make it suitable for smaller vessels to get involved in the search.

It follows calls by the sister of one of the missing crewmen last night for local fishermen to get involved in an effort to find missing crewmen Ciaran Smith and Paul Ormsby.

The coastguard says it hopes that weather conditions over the weekend will allow them to work with any volunteer fishermen who believe they can help.

Any such effort would be co-ordinated by the Malin Head Coastguard working in coordination with local RNLI lifeboats.

Orla Smith, the sister of Ciaran Smith believes local knowledge could be key in bringing this search to an end: