Niamh Fitzpatrick, the sister of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, has penned a tribute to her nearly one year after R116 rescue helicopter crash.
“It's nearly a year since my sister died,” Niamh said speaking about her loss.
“Almost 52 weeks since I last saw her. I never went that long in my whole life without seeing her.
“Now I'll live the rest of my life without ever seeing her again”
It's nearly a year since my sister died.
Almost 52 weeks since I last saw her. I never went that long in my whole life without seeing her.
Now I'll live the rest of my life without ever seeing her again.
Make sure that your loved ones know that you love them. It does help...— Niamh Fitzpatrick (@NFitzPsychology) March 4, 2018
The tweet has received a huge reaction online, with people leaving tributes, support and best wishes to Niamh and her family.
I thought about your words so much yesterday.Was giving everyone I met on the street an extra smile and had a lovely evening with my 2 boys just laughing.
— Brid (@Bridh1) March 6, 2018
So well said Niamh. A tweet I was glad to read, while we all wish you were never in a position to write it. Only someone who has experienced the deepest loss of all could tweet so thought-provokingly, as we remember your sister and colleagues who died so tragically a year ago.
— CathalMacCoille (@CMacCoille) March 5, 2018
she is a hero to an island of people, and won’t be forgotten. As you say, never miss an opportunity to tell a loved one that they are loved. Big hug to you and your family at this time
— Bad Hombre (tm) (@cdasilva) March 5, 2018
On 14 March 2017, Irish Coast Guard helicopter 116 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Blackrock Island, while providing support for the Sligo-based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 118, during a rescue mission off County Mayo.
The body of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, a 45-year-old mother-of-one, was the first one of the four crew to have been recovered from the ocean.
The other crew members were Captain Mark Duffy, Winchman Ciaran Smith and Winch Operator Paul Ormsby.
The bodies of both Mr Ormsby and Mr Smith have not been recovered, despite extensive searches.