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Marine Institute assisting with search for Coast Guard helicopter

March 15, 2017

 

Wednesday 22 March 2017
AAIU Statement on R116 Investigation

The AAIU in consultation with An Garda Síochána, the Navy, the Coast Guard, the GSI and the Marine Institute wish to advise that following initial Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) operations the wreckage of R116 has been positively located on the sea bed on the Eastern side of Black Rock, at a depth of approx. 40m. Operations are continuing but are weather dependent.

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15th March 2017 18:42

UPDATE: Marine Institute assisting with search for Coast Guard helicopter 

The Marine Institute is providing specialist support to assist in a major sea search off the county Mayo coast approximately six miles west of Blacksod to locate an Irish Coast Guard helicopter believed to have entered the sea at approximately 1am on Tuesday 14th March.

The Dublin based search and rescue helicopter R116 had been providing 'top cover' during a medical evacuation of a crewman from a UK registered fishing vessel approximately 150 miles west of Eagle Island in County Mayo, which was completed by Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter R118.

The search operation is being coordinated by the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre in Malin Head. The RV Celtic Voyager was diverted yesterday from an undergraduate training survey with GMIT, to assist with the search following a request by the Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Department of Transport. Coast Guard search and rescue helicopters, the Air Corps, Navy, RNLI and a number of local fishing vessels are involved in the search operation.

The national research vessel, the Celtic Voyager arrived on the scene at 0600 this morning with a team of very experienced surveyors from the national seabed mapping programme, INFOMAR , and has deployed both a high resolution EM 2040 multi-beam sonar and a digital sonar side scan. These devices are usually used for seabed mapping and fisheries surveys but can also be used to scan the sea floor. The multi-beam has a range of 600m below water and just over 100m either side of the vessel.

The vessel has also deployed two hydrophones – a towed passive acoustic hydrophone and a lowered hydrophone that are capable of detecting noise coming from the seafloor.

A Scout Plus USBL mobile scanner has been deployed from another vessel and is being operated by our technical team.   

The Marine Institute’s ocean modelling team has been providing the Coast Guard with predictive models incorporating wind and tides to assist with search areas.  

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e.  sinead [dot] coyne [at] marine [dot] ie  

t.  087 9477090

e. lisa [dot] fitzpatrick [at] marine [dot] ie

t. 087 2250871

 

15th March 2017 12 noon

Marine Institute assisting with search for Coast Guard helicopter

The Marine Institute is providing specialist support to assist in a major sea search off the county Mayo coast approximately six miles west of Blacksod to locate an Irish Coast Guard helicopter believed to have entered the sea at approximately 1am on Tuesday 14th March.

The Dublin based search and rescue helicopter R116 had been providing 'top cover' during a medical evacuation of a crewman from a UK registered fishing vessel approximately 150 miles west of Eagle Island in County Mayo, which was completed by Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter R118.

The RV Celtic Voyager is assisting with the search operation this morning (15th March) approximately six miles west of Blacksod. Marine Institute staff from the INFOMAR team, (the national seabed mapping programme) are assisting with the search using specialist multibeam sonar equipment onboard the national research vessel, RV Celtic Voyager.

The search operation is being coordinated by the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre in Malin Head. The RV Celtic Voyager was diverted yesterday from an undergraduate training survey with GMIT, to assist with the search following a request by the Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Department of Transport. Coast Guard search and rescue helicopters, the Air Corps, Navy, RNLI and a number of local fishing vessels are involved in the search operation.

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