Sligo, Bundoran and Killybegs form part of tomorrow’s major 116 search

The Sligo, Bundoran and Killybegs bay areas are to form part of a major search of the North West coast tomorrow for the two remaining missing crew members of Rescue 116.

Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith remain missing over three weeks after the Coastguard helicopter went down off the coast of Mayo.

Tomorrow, the Irish Coast Guard,RNLI, Air Corps, Naval Service and Civil Defence and other specialist teams will be joined by more than 80 civilian vessels to mount one of the largest open water and shoreline searches ever undertaken in the history of the state.

The fishing fleets are being co-ordinated by the Killybegs Fishermen’s organisation but the whole operation is being led by the Coastguard.

The Killybegs Coastguard and the RNLI in Sligo and Bundoran will be coordinating operations in their respective local areas.

Air, surface and shoreline searches are continuing today off the coast of Mayo and the Department says for now the conditions remain favourable and they hope they will remain so for tomorrow’s key operation.