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Coast Guard helicopter wreckage located on seabed

By Ed Carty

The wreckage of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter which struck an island and crashed into the Atlantic has been found.

A remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) sent down into the water to film a specific area of seabed has confirmed the aircraft is lying about 60m off Blackrock island, off the coast of Co Mayo.

The Sikorsky S92 is believed to have hit the island before crashing into the sea over a week ago.

The body of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick (45) is the only one of the four crew to have been recovered from the ocean so far.

The other crew members, Captain Mark Duffy, Winchman Ciaran Smith and Winch Operator Paul Ormsby, remain missing.

The Irish Coast Guard said the Dublin-based Rescue 116 helicopter is lying on the seabed on the eastern side of the island.

The remotely-operated vehicle was not able to confirm if the three missing crew are with the wreckage.

"Operations are continuing but are weather dependent," Ireland's Air Accident Investigation Unit said last night.

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