Rescue 116: The chain of events that led to the tragic deaths

New air traffic control recordings of the crew of Rescue 116 reveal the series of choices that ended in the chopper’s collision with Black Rock island

16th April, 2017
Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116

The air traffic controller at Shannon repeated his request to the helicopter over and over, but he was greeted by silence.

“Rescue 116? Shannon. Do you read?” he repeated.

At the same time, far out in the Atlantic, the Scottish trawler the Kings Cross had just heard via satellite phone from the Malin Head coast guard that 116 had gone down. It relayed the terrible news up to the crew of Sligo-based helicopter Rescue...

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