Signal from black box of missing helicopter detected
There has been a major development in the search for the missing Coast Guard helicopter this evening, as the signal from the black box has now been detected.
According to the Irish Independent, rescue workers searching for three missing Irish Coast Guard members have detected a signal from the black box.
Gerry O’Flynn,VS&T Operations Manager of the Irish Coast Guard told the publication:
“In terms of the search we’re just getting news now that the recording device, commonly known as the black box (has been) detected…. a signal has been detected and we regard this as a very significant step forward in terms of progressing the search stage of this operation. So we’ve detected signals. The next stage will be to locate it. We’ve now begun the process of locating the exact position”
Female pilot Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was named as the first victim yesterday afternoon, she had been recovered from near the wreckage but was later pronounced dead.
Three other crew members are still missing as the search continues.
Eugene Clonan, acting director of the Irish Coast Guard told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland yesterday:
“At this point in time, our hopes are fading of finding the remainder of the crew.”
Three members of the missing crew from Rescue 116 have been named locally as Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby.
Across social media tributes have continued to pour in for the brave crew members, who risked their lives to help others.