Book Review

Search and Rescue: A forensic trawl through Ireland’s many maritime accidents

Journalist Lorna Siggins’s book pays tribute to the men and women who make up Ireland’s air and sea rescue teams, while documenting where they have been let down by mismanagement, no more so than in the loss of R116

Captain Dara Fitzpatrick (pictured), Captain Mark Duffy and winch team Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith all died in the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. Picture: Chris Copley

Some people who get into difficulties at sea have a long time to contemplate their possible deaths. In 2019, Italian brothers Giovanni and Ricardo Zanon visited the Aran island of Inis Mór for its annual Father Ted festival. They fell into a natural limestone pool known as Poll na bPéist (the wormhole), suffered serious injuries, were washed back onto the rugged shore and lay there helpless before eventually being saved by the Irish Coast Guard.