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Social media lights up as Coastguard helicopter flies low over Dundalk this evening

Dundalk

David Lynch

Reporter:

David Lynch

Social media lights up as Coastguard helicopter flies low over Dundalk this evening

The Democrat understands that a search mission by members of the Irish Coastguard, which included the deployment of Rescue 116, occurred this evening following reports of a red flare being spotted over Dundalk Bay.

After a considerable search, the mission was eventually stood down when no one in distress was found.

UPDATE 8.45pm: The coastguard helicopter has left the vicinity of the Navvy Bank as have land units.

Social media users around Dundalk have been questioning the reason for a Coastguard helicopter flying low over the area tonight.

Users say the helicopter has been flying over the Navvy Bank and around Dundalk Stadium for the past hour.

The helicopter has also been seen out by Gyles Quay and north Louth.

There are also reports that a Coastguard vehicle has been deployed to the Lower Point Road at Soldiers Point.

The Democrat understands the helicopter is Rescue 117 and has been hovering stationary over Navvy Bank/Lower Point Road for the past 30 minutes.

Coastguard personnel are also on the ground at the Navvy Bank, close to the Sean O'Mahony's pitch.

More as we get it.