Senior counsel Patrick McCann has been appointed to chair a review board into aspects of the draft final report on the loss of four Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter crew off north Mayo almost three years ago. Mr McCann will be assisted by an “independent expert member”, Transport Minister Shane Ross said in a statement announcing the establishment of the review board — two months after it
Wed, 11 Mar, 2020
The Transport Minister says it is vital that lessons are learned from the deaths of five people during separate coast guard missions as a new oversight plan for search and rescue (SAR) operations in Ireland was published.
Fri, 19 Jul, 2019
The sister of tragic Coast Guard helicopter pilot Dara Fitzpatrick - who died on board an Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter that crashed in 2017 - has blasted an alleged laser attack on a Coast Guard helicopter crew in Limerick last Thursday night.
Mon, 08 Apr, 2019
The Transport Minister has pledged a prompt review of search and rescue (SAR) aviation operations in line with a key recommendation of a report examining a fatal helicopter crash in which four members of the Irish Coast Guard perished.
Sat, 17 Mar, 2018
The company that runs the search and rescue helicopter service, CHC Ireland, received repeated warnings over five years that the life jackets they supplied to their pilots were not fit for purpose.
Thu, 26 Oct, 2017
A video project entitled “Rescue 116: The people behind the recovery” has earned Shane McNamara, a MA in Journalism student at the University of Limerick, top prize in the inaugural Irish Examiner / University of Limerick video journalism competition.
Wed, 07 Jun, 2017
International and Irish pilots have come together to condemn as “unwarranted, unacceptable and counterproductive to flight safety” the publication of the last two minutes of the cockpit voice recordings of ill-fated Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 116.
Wed, 19 Apr, 2017
The search for the black box data recorder from the Coast Guard helicopter that went down off the Mayo coast received a boost yesterday after improved weather conditions allowed underwater scans to be taken of the area believed to be the crash site.
Mon, 20 Mar, 2017