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Friday 20 October 2017

Incredible link between Rescue 116 and church where funeral of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick will take place revealed

Captain Dara Fitzpatrick. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Captain Dara Fitzpatrick. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Orla Fitzpatrick and Captain Dara Fitzpatrick
Captain Dara Fitzpatrick (CHC/PA Wire)
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A councillor who paid tribute to Captain Dara Fitzpatrick has revealed an eerie link between the church where her funeral will take place and Rescue 116.

Capt Fitzpatrick (45) was tragically killed in a helicopter crash off the coast of Mayo this week while on duty for the Irish Coast Guard.

Mayor George Lawlor tweeted his condolences to Niamh Fitzpatrick, one of Capt Fitzpatrick's three sisters, and pointed out a bizarre connection between the church address and the coast guard crew.

Her funeral will take place in a church on Glencullen Road in Co Dublin -  the road is R116.

Ms Fitzpatrick responded: "Dear Lord. Thank u for sharing. See number of road on which is the church that we will bring Dara to. #Rescue116."

Speaking to Independent.ie, Labour Councillor George Lawlor said he knew Capt Fitzpatrick personally as she carried out some work with the Wexford Marine Watch.

The Watch is a voluntary organisation which provides suicide prevention patrols along Wexford's quays.

"She was a very warm and open person who had a wonderful sense of humour. She was very engaging and always had time for people.

"We had a gathering of emergency service personnel in Wexford County Council yesterday where a book of condolences was opened for Dara."

The search for the remaining three crew members who were involved with Rescue 116 is still ongoing.

Investigators have found wreckage from the helicopter at Black Rock lighthouse but due to bad weather, their searches have been hampered.

Divers are now expected to wait until Sunday to carry out a search for the wreckage of Rescue 116 and its three missing crew members.

(From the top left, clockwise) Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, winchman Ciaran Smith and winchman Paul Ormsby. Photo: Irish Coast Guard/PA Wire
(From the top left, clockwise) Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, winchman Ciaran Smith and winchman Paul Ormsby. Photo: Irish Coast Guard/PA Wire

Pilot Mark Duffy and winchmen Ciaran Smith and Paul Ormsby have still not been located after their helicopter Rescue 116 lost communication shortly before 1am on Tuesday.

"It’s an unimaginable stress and grief for those families. The only consolation is that the whole nation is grieving with them," Cllr Lawlor said.

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