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Families of missing microlight crash pair thank search teams

By Angela Rainey

Published 15/06/2016

Wreckage from their microlight recovered by RNLI
Wreckage from their microlight recovered by RNLI
Ray Hymas (left) and Terry Driffield

The families of two Yorkshire men feared dead when their microlight plunged into the sea have thanked all those involved in the ongoing search for their bodies.

Terry Driffield (66) and 68-year-old Ray Hymas, both from North Yorkshire, are believed to have perished when their plane crashed into the North Sea last Thursday. Their bodies have yet to be found.

Search and rescue crews were scrambled after the plane disappeared during a flight from the City of Derry Airport to Stranraer in Scotland. Hope faded after debris belonging to the microlight was later found in the sea north of Glenarm, Co Antrim.

A tail fin was spotted around 1km off the coast by a Dublin couple who were on a yacht who joined in the search. Rescue efforts continue, although they have been scaled down.

Last night, the men's families thanked the volunteers and agencies who helped in the search.

PSNI Inspector Michael McDonnell said: "During this search operation police have been supported in their efforts by the work of Community Rescue Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI, Northern Ireland Environment agency and North West Mountain Rescue.

"I would like to thank all agencies concerned for their continued support. We will continue to work with search and rescue teams, when called upon."

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