On Friday, a group of emergency services personnel begin an estimated 800 km cycle from one Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter base to another around Ireland in memory of the crew of the Irish Coast Guards’ Rescue 116 and Caitriona Lucas.
There are four Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter bases in Ireland; R115 (Shannon), R116 (Dublin), R117 (Waterford) and R118 (Sligo).
Photo:(4daysinSeptember Facebook Page)
The tribute cycle has been organised in memory of the 4 Crew of Rescue 116: Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby & Ciaran Smith and Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas. The crew of R116 lost their lives on the 14th of March 2017 when it crashed off the Mayo coast and Catriona Lucas lost her life while on a task off the Clare coast on the 12th of September 2016.
The cycle has been named “4 days in September – A Tribute”.
The organising group, which is made up of various personnel from An Garda Síochána, National Ambulance Service and local Fire & Rescue Services all work closely with the Irish Coast Guard daily and many of them would have known personally, the five coast guard members who lost their lives.
A core group of cyclists and their support crew plan to cycle approximately 800km in 4 days in aid of 5 charities. Other cyclists are encouraged to join this event as they travel around Ireland averaging 200km per day. The cycle will leave Waterford Airport on the 8th of September at 09:00 and the cyclists will travel to the Irish Coast Guard Bases at Dublin Airport, Sligo Airport, Shannon Airport and return to Waterford Airport on Monday the 11th of September.
Map Image: (4DaysinSeptember Facebook)
To follow the ‘4 days in September – A Tribute’ cycle, check out their Facebook page on the link below their poster below.
Emergency Times wishes the cyclists all the very best and have a safe and enjoyable event.