Rescue 116 Tragedy

For the Irish Coast Guard, this was beyond the professional - they were searching for their own colleagues

19th March, 2017
An Irish Navy vessel scours the waves around Blackrock lighthouse off the coast of Co Mayo this weekend, as the search for the three missing crew members of the crashed Irish Coast Guard helicopter continues Pic: Eamonn Farrell/

The road down to Blackrock lighthouse was closed off to regular traffic. At first light last Thursday morning, a trickle of coast guard vans and unmarked cars passed the bollards and parked up beside the seaside wall.

Far out in the bay, the only visible vessel was the LE Eithne, continuing a surface search of the water for the wreckage of the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 and missing crewmen Captain Mark Duffy, winch operator...

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