Wednesday 21 August 2019

Winchman killed in Rescue 116 helicopter crash left almost €900,000 in his will

Paul Ormsby Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Paul Ormsby Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Tragic helicopter winchman Paul Ormsby, who was killed in the Rescue 116 helicopter crash off Achill Head, Co Mayo, left an estate valued at almost €900,000, according to documents lodged in the Probate Office last week.

Mr Ormsby and three other crew members, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy and fellow winchman Ciaran Smith, were killed on March 14, 2017, when their Sikorsky helicopter hit Blackrock Island off the north Mayo coast during a rescue mission in atrocious weather.

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Mr Ormsby's helmet and lifejacket, attached to communications equipment, were recovered in fishing nets by a trawler about a nautical mile off Achill head last July.

However, the bodies of Mr Ormsby and Mr Smith have never been recovered. The body of Captain Fitzpatrick was recovered from the crash site almost immediately and the body of Captain Mark Duffy was also recovered from the helicopter wreckage.

A preliminary inquest in north Mayo in April 2018 issued death certificates for all four crew members.

Mr Ormsby (50), who lived alone at his home in Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, following the death of his mother Kitty, died intestate - without making a will - and letters of administration of his estate were granted by the court to his sister Angela Keating. According to the documents in the Probate Office, his estate is valued at €876,014.

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