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Sunday 27 May 2018

Families of Rescue 116 crew gather for anniversary

Martina Smith, wife of tragic Rescue 116 winchman Ciarán Smith, with their children Caitlín (12), Shannon (11) and Finlay (8) at Blacksod Lighthouse after completing a cycle from Dublin to Mayo in memory of her husband and the other crew members. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Martina Smith, wife of tragic Rescue 116 winchman Ciarán Smith, with their children Caitlín (12), Shannon (11) and Finlay (8) at Blacksod Lighthouse after completing a cycle from Dublin to Mayo in memory of her husband and the other crew members. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Robin Schiller

The families and colleagues of the tragic Rescue 116 crew will gather for a special ceremony this morning to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy.

In the early hours of March 14, 2017, the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter carrying the four rescue workers collided with Black Rock, a remote island around 13km off the Mayo coast. The crew - captain Dara Fitzpatrick, co-pilot Mark Duffy, winchman Ciarán Smith and winch operator Paul Ormsby - died.

A number of memorial services have been scheduled to take place on the first anniversary of their deaths.

Shortly after 3pm yesterday, Ciarán's wife Martina arrived in Blacksod to complete a mammoth cycle from Dublin in memory of her husband. Ms Smith said her husband was her inspiration for completing the cycle and bore a poem in his memory on the back of her jersey. It read: "In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced or cried aloud, Under the bludgeoning of chance, My head is bloody but unbowed".

Irish Independent

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