One person recovered in search for missing Coast Guard helicopter

One person has been recovered as part of the search for a missing coastguard helicopter off the west coast.

It’s understood the man is in a critical condition and is now on board a lifeboat, being brought ashore.

The coastguard says Debris has been found spread over a wide area.

4 crew were on board the Dublin based Rescue 116 aircraft when contact was lost just before 1 am.

It had been helping another helicopter with a medevac operation to airlift a crewman off a fishing vessel when it disappeared from radar screens.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has issued a statement expressing support and sympathy to everyone involved, particularly family members awaiting news of their loved ones.

Ger Hegarty is the Divisional controller at the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre – he’s outlined some of those involved in this morning’s operation: