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Poor Weather Likely to Hamper Search at Blackrock today for Missing Crewmen

Agencies involved in the search for three crew members missing from Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 116 off the coast of county Mayo, will meet this morning to discuss the next stage of the operation

The meeting, at Blacksod Lighthouse, follows an extensive mapping exercise around the crash site yesterday.

Improved conditions at sea yesterday afternoon meant that search crews were able to access Blackrock island for the first time since last week. This is the area at the centre of the multi-agency effort to locate Captain Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciaran Smith. 

Local vessels were able to carry out detailed inspections of the undersea conditions using sonar scanning technology. 

That data will inform the next phase of the operation, with the Commissioners of Irish Lights' ship Granuaile to be used as a platform for dives by the Naval service.

Declan Geoghan of the Coastguard told Midwest News this morning that while the weather looks set to impede progress today, search co-coordinators are hopeful they will be in a position to seize any opportunity to dive in the coming days, as a result of the new information they have from the scene. 

The Taoiseach is due to visit the Blacksod Search site today,


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