Tuesday 21 November 2017

Funeral details for Captain Mark Duffy announced, as search for remaining crew members postponed

Captain Mark Duffy (inset)
Captain Mark Duffy (inset)

Amy Molloy and Robin Schiller

Captain Mark Duffy's funeral mass will take place on Thursday as searches for the remaining wreckage of Rescue 116 continues.

Rescue members recovered Capt Duffy (51) from the wreckage of R116 on Sunday.

The father-of-two was one of four crew members on board tragic R116.

The search for his crew members Ciaran Smith (38) and Paul Ormsby (53) has been postponed until Wednesday due to deteriorating weather conditions.

Mr Duffy's remains will be reposing at his home from 1pm until 7pm on Wednesday.

The Funeral Mass is set for Thursday at 11am in St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, followed by Cremation in Dardistown Crematorium at 2pm.

Family members or Rescue 116 missing crewmembers look on as an Irish Coast Guard Helicopter takes off at Blacksod Pier .
Pic Steve Humphreys
Family members or Rescue 116 missing crewmembers look on as an Irish Coast Guard Helicopter takes off at Blacksod Pier . Pic Steve Humphreys

His family has asked for no flowers and any donations, if desired, to be made to the RNLI.

Captain Duffy, from Co Louth, has been described as an "absolute gentleman" by members of his community.

Cllr Mark Dearey, chairperson of the Dundalk Municipal District, previously said: "We are proud of him and people think Mark and his colleagues are heroic.

"We are so aware that he put himself in danger to save others."

Capt Duffy, a co-pilot aboard the Rescue 116 aircraft, is survived by his wife, Hermione, daughter Esme (14) and son Fionn (12).

Meanwhile, an operation to raise the wreckage of the Rescue 116 helicopter to search for two missing Irish Coast Guard members has been cancelled due to deteriorating weather.

It was hoped that search teams could examine underneath the aircraft's wreckage but spring tides have forced rescue workers to postpone the operation.

It is now planned to take place tomorrow morning, weather dependant, while an ROV will also be unable to operate tonight due to the challenging conditions. 

Debris from the aircraft have been recovered as far north as Killybegs, Co Donegal but investigators said that the hope is that the missing men are still with the wreckage of Rescue 116.

Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, the first crew member to be recovered, was laid to rest last week.

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