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A body has been recovered from the wreckage of Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 today. 

The body has was located in the wreckage on the sea floor yesterday.

The helicopter went missing over a week ago.

The body will be moved ashore for formal identification. 

Dives to the area have so far been unable to locate the other two missing crew members, and the search continues in an attempt to find them. 

Improved weather  and sea conditions are aiding the search teams.

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Captain Dara Fitzpatrick has died this afternoon, after a helicopter carrying three other crew members went missing last night. 

Captain Fitzpatrick had been with the search and rescue service for 20 years.

She was found a number of hours ago in critical condition, and was later pronounced dead in hospital. 

“Dara is one of the most senior pilots with CHC, she has been with the company close on 20 years,” rescue operations manager Gerard O’Flynn told the Irish Times.

“Outside of her work as a pilot, she did an enormous amount of work in water safety and was always available to do school visits and just highlight basic water safety,” he said.

The search continues off the west coast of Ireland for the rest of the crew. 

The search is focused on the Mayo coastline in the Blacksod area. 

Contact was lost with the helicopter at around 1am last night.

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One person has been found from the Copast Guard helicopter which went missing last night. 

The crew member is said to be in critical condition. 

The search continues off the west coast of Ireland for the rest of the crew, after the chopper with four crew members on board went missing.

The coastguard said that debris has been found spread over a wide area, according to the Connacht Tribune

The search is focused on the Mayo coastline in the Blacksod area. 

Contact was lost with the helicopter at around 1am last night.

The team were out evacuating a crewman in need of medical attention on a UK fishing vessel, according to the Irish Times.

A number of helicopters and all-weather life boats are currently on the scene. 

Feature Image: Rescue 116 Facebook

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A major search is under way off the west coast of Ireland after a Coast Guard helicopter with four crew members on board went missing.

The search is focused on the Mayo coastline in the Blacksod area. 

Contact was lost with the helicopter at around 1am last night.

The team were out evacuating a crewman in need of medical attention on a UK fishing vessel, according to the Irish Times.

“Conditions are reasonable. It was a moonlit night last night so it wasn’t so bad. It’s daylight now, which makes it easier for them” Tony McNamara, a lifeboat operations manager in Achill told The Journal.

A number of helicopters and all-weather life boats are currently on the scene. 

Feature Image: Rescue 116 Facebook

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