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'Forever remembered for the sacrifice they made': Rescue 116 crew honoured in Mayo

14 March 2018 17:45
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'Forever remembered for the sacrifice they made': Rescue 116 crew honoured in Mayo

Four crew members died when the Irish Coast Guard helicopter crashed this day last year.

MEMBERS OF THE Rescue 116 crew who died a year ago today have been honoured at a ceremony in Mayo.

Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, winchman Ciarán Smith and winch operator Paul Ormsby all lost their lives after Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 went down.

Rescue 116 crashed after it struck Blackrock Island off the Mayo coast on its way to a refuelling stop at Blacksod. It was due to refuel before taking part in a rescue operation.

Among those remembering the crew are a Coast Guard cycle team that have been making their way from the Rescue 116 base in Dublin Airport to Blacksod.

The Commissioners of Irish Lights vessel the Granuaile and the LÉ Niamh of the Naval Service were both anchored off Blacksod this morning.

A memorial mass at St Brendan’s Church in Aughleam took place at 10am and was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony off Blackrock.

The family of the crew passed the wreaths to members of the Coast Guard and gardaí before the wreaths were transferred to the Granuaile an the LÉ Niamh.

In a statement, the Irish Coast Guard said: ”Two brave souls were brought home, two remain lost to the sea, but all four will be forever remembered for the sacrifice they made. Our thoughts today are with the families, friends and colleagues of Dara, Mark, Paul and Ciarán.”

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