Mark is one of missing crew
Hopes fade for crew of Rescue 116 off west coast
Hopes are fading for Blackrock man Captain Mark Duffy, who was among the crew of the ill-fated Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116, which was reported missing after losing contact while on a mission off the west coast.
The father-of-two is believed to have been piloting the Dublin based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, which was providing support for a rescue helicopter from Sligo responding to a distress call from a UK-registered fishing vessel about 250km off the coast.
The last contact which the Coast Guard had from the crew of Rescue 116 was at 12.45am to say it was making its approach to Blacksod to refuel before heading out into the Atlantic to carry out its role as the 'chase' helicopter - a routine safety procedure.