Story of Rescue 116 told at Mayo exhibition

Date Published : January 13th, 2019    Published By : admin

A special exhibition for the crew of Rescue 116 will be open in Mayo until 2nd March.

The commemoration was created by Photo & Videographer Fergus Sweeney who covered the search and recovery operation over 42 days in Mayo.

Rescue 116 went down after colliding with Blackrock Island, off the Mayo Coast on 14th March 2017 off the coast of Mayo.

The bodies of crew members Dara Fitzpatrick and Mark Duffy were recovered while the bodies of Ciaran Smith and Paul Ormsby were never recovered.

The stories of the extensive multi-agency search for the crew and their helicopter is displayed at the exhibition in the Ballina Arts Centre in County Mayo until March 2nd.

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Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky. Photo: Pat Flynn

Speaking to RTÉ News, Fergus Sweeney said “People in Mayo still haven’t forgotten what happened. Its still very close to their hearts and they still haven’t forgotten the four crew members.”

The community of Blacksod and wider afield have done tremendous and tireless work during the 42-day search and provided so much to the rescuers, volunteers and emergency services during that difficult time.

Emergency Times will have more coverage on this Exhibition in our upcoming magazine.

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