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Rescue 116 crew member to be laid to rest today

20 March 2017, 06:06 | Melissa Porter

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It is hoped preparatory work to investigate the exact location of the black box recorder from Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 116 might be carried out for a few hours today during a forecast break in the adverse weather.

As the coffin left the church, an Irish Coastguard helicopter staged a fly-by as a mark of respect.

After the detection of a black box signal off the coast of Co Mayo was hailed as a significant development, large Atlantic swells delivered a setback to search teams.

Search crews hope the missing crew will be located in the wreckage of the helicopter.

The priority for those involved in the multi-agency operation has been to recover the bodies of chief pilot Mark Duffy and winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith.

The funeral for pilot Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was held on Saturday.

The Irish Lights ship, the Granuaile has spent the last two days being fitted out in Galway to assist in the search, as rescuers try to take advantage of a weather "window" later this afternoon.

A surface water search is taking place this morning which involves Coast Guard units, the RNLI and LÉ Eithne, as well as extensive coast line searches at Belmullet and Achill.

Naval divers are on standby and will be deployed as soon as conditions permit.

The 45-year-old from Kilternan, Dublin died from injuries she sustained in a helicopter crash which happened off the coast of Blacksod, Mayo on Tuesday.

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