Families of Rescue 116 crew gather for anniversary
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".