Efforts To Move Rescue 116 Wreckage Underway

Wreckage believed to be from the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter which crashed off Co.

The body Capt Fitzpatrick (45) was recovered shortly after the crash, while the body of co-pilot Capt Duffy (51) was removed from the helicopter's cockpit on Sunday.

Navy divers freed the body of a crewman from the cockpit of the wreckage on Sunday, authorities leading the recovery operation confirmed.

The black box recorder was taken from the seabed at 4.30pm.

The chief inspector with the IAAIU Jurgen Whyte said: "We're happy to announce we had a positive recovery of the data recorder at 1630 from the seabed just off Blackrock".

The MPFDR was flown to the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) at Farnborough for download and analysis.

The crew members have been missing since the Sikorsky S92 helicopter disappeared on its way to refuel at Blacksod lighthouse on 13 March.

We are sad to share the body of Cpt Mark Duffy has been recovered.

Garda superintendent Tony Healy said efforts to recover the body were continuing.

Three crew members of the downed helicopter are still missing, and there are hopes their bodies may be found in the helicopter.

The wreckage of R116 was pinpointed after search teams deployed a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV), fitted with an underwater camera.

"It's a challenging time for the families".

Families of the crew have been notified and are being supported by Garda liaison staff.

While the weather was calm and mild on Friday, conditions are to deteriorate slightly today before turning more favourable again tomorrow.

It is hoped it will be known if there is a record of the flight by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Captain Duffy's body was brought ashore in Co Mayo earlier today.

The recorder was taken on board the Commissioners of Irish Lights' vessel, Granuaile, before being transferred to Dublin en route to the United Kingdom for examination.

His remains - which have yet to be formally identified - will be transferred to the shore by the LE Samuel Beckett.

  • Leroy Wright