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Dramatic footage shows Irish Coast Guard helicopter searching for missing person

The Rescue 117 helicopter in action

Neil Fetherstonhaugh and Lisa Trainer

Dramatic footage shows Irish Coast Guard's Rescue 117 helicopter in action during a search for a missing person.

Sadly, the person was located deceased and the rescue services offered condolences to the individual's friends and family.

"Tasked yesterday to the Old Head of Kinsale along with Old Head/Seven Heads coast guard unit, National Ambulance Service, Gardai and RNLI for a missing person," a Facebook post read.

"Located using FLIR camera. Condolences to friends and family of the casualty and may they rest in peace."

"Footage with thanks from the coast guard unit showing the tricky location and great flying skills from the crew involved in the recovery."

The public were universal in their praise for the rescuers who were faced with a difficult task.

"Condolences to the family,’ one person wrote. ‘Well done to everyone involved. Stay safe."

‘Dear God protect you all. God rest the deceased and console yet another bereaved family,’ added another.

‘Thank you Rescue 117, what a job well done and condolences to the family", another poster wrote.

"Condolences to the family. As a nation, we're so lucky to have exceptional people like those in R117. Wishing you all a very safe and happy new year," one person posted.

"Condolences to their family and friends. Ye had a few hard tasks over Christmas. Wishing you all a safe and Happy New Year. You do amazing work," another commenter said.

Another added: "Ye are so brave. Deepest sympathies to family and friends of the deceased."

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article please contact Samaritans helpline 116 123 or Aware helpline 1800 80 48 48 or Pieta House on 1800 247 247.

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