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Monday 25 September 2017

Wreath ceremony remembers tragic R116 crew

Niamh Fitzpatrick lays a wreath in memory of the crew of R116, her sister Dara, Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy and Ciarán Smith. Photo: Patrick Browne
Niamh Fitzpatrick lays a wreath in memory of the crew of R116, her sister Dara, Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy and Ciarán Smith. Photo: Patrick Browne

Robin Schiller

The crew of Rescue 116 have been remembered in an emotional wreath-laying ceremony during which four flares were set off - one for each member.

Over 800 people attended the event for the victims of the tragedy, including the sister of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick.

The ceremony, organised by the RNLI lifeboat service in Dunmore East, also included rescue workers from across the country.

Dunmore, Tramore, Fethard and Kilmore Quay lifeboats along with Dunmore East Coast Guard set sail together for the sea.

Niamh Fitzpatrick, the sister of the late Dara, was on board the RNLI boat to lay the wreath.

The Rescue 117 helicopter based in Waterford, where Capt Fitzpatrick was previously based, performed two fly-overs as the ceremony took place.

Left to right: Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy, Dara Fitzpatrick and Ciarán Smith
Left to right: Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy, Dara Fitzpatrick and Ciarán Smith

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Four flares were set off and a minute's silence was observed for each of the missing crew.

RNLI spokeswoman Niamh Stephenson said that organisers were touched by the support of rescue workers and locals.

Pictured are the Dunmore Life Boats with the Waterford Coast Guard Helicopter 117 makes a flyby. Photo: Patrick Browne
Pictured are the Dunmore Life Boats with the Waterford Coast Guard Helicopter 117 makes a flyby. Photo: Patrick Browne

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