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RNLI support for missing Rescue 116 crew in major sea search

Lifeboats News Release

In advance of the planned surface search tomorrow (Saturday 8 April) for the missing crew of Rescue 116 the RNLI will assist the Irish Coast Guard and Naval Service with coordinating a large sea area search from Donegal to Mayo.

Search for Rescue 116

RNLI/Nigel Milliard

Search for Rescue 116

This follows a request from local fishing organisations.

RNLI lifeboats from Ballyglass, Achill, Sligo, Bundoran and Arranmore, along with Killybegs and Killala Coast Guard, will be on scene for the day and will keep in communication with all vessels. The RNLI wishes to join with the Coast Guard in stressing the importance of safety for every person taking part in the search. Each individual should be wearing a personal floatation device and have access to a working VHF for communications.

While engaged in the search the RNLI lifeboats will remain on call and available for search and rescue operations. Should an RNLI lifeboat need to respond to an emergency elsewhere a designated deputy vessel will be appointed.

Commenting on the planned search RNLI Lifesaving Manager Gareth Morrison said, ‘Since the loss of Rescue 116 our lifeboat crews from Ballyglass and Achill, later joined by Arranmore, Sligo and Bundoran have spent a huge number of hours out searching. This has been in conjunction with our colleagues in the Coast Guard, Naval Service, Civil Defence and with local vessels. Most of our lifeboat crew are volunteers who have left families and jobs to engage in the search. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the RNLI lifeboat crews, station personnel and wider communities who have taken part.’

‘With everyone involved in the search on Saturday staying vigilant and safe and following the directions from the on scene coordinators we will cover a huge area safely. We also ask that people continue to keep a lookout for any debris and report findings to the Coast Guard.’

Gareth Morrison concluded, ‘Our thoughts remain with the families and colleagues of the crew of Rescue 116 ’

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