Missing helicopter update – One crew member recovered alive from water

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 being rushed to hospital.

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.