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Operations set to resume in search for rescue 116

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Operations set to resume in search for rescue 116

It is hoped diving can get underway today at the wreckage of Rescue 116, after poor weather hampered efforts yesterday.

Search teams say they want to try move the helicopter to gather information on the whereabouts of the two crewmen who are still missing.

The Coast Guard's Gerard O'Flynn said: "Well yesterday weather conditions precluded diving operations but we did have a very successful evening of ROV searching which went late on into the night.

Initial analysis of the data retrieved from the Rescue 116 helicopter’s monitor system and flight recorder has revealed that no mechanical anomalies have been identified.

According to the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) into the downing of Rescue 116, the investigation is currently at a preliminary stage.

"However, an initial analysis has been conducted of the data retrieved from the helicopter’s Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) and the Multi-Purpose Flight Recorder (MPFR). No mechanical anomalies have been identified during this initial analysis."

The AAIU Investigation is ongoing and a preliminary report is expected to be issued in the near future.