Coast Guard Tragedy

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.



Latest: Air Accident Investigation Unit defends publication of audio transcript from Rescue 116 helicopter

Latest: The Air Accident Investigation Unit has defended its decision to publish the final words of the crew of Rescue 116.

A flare for every R116 crew member

Four flares were let off into the Waterford sky as a wreath was laid at sea in a tribute to the crew members of Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116.

Rescue 116 crew remembered during wreath-laying ceremony at sea

Hundreds of well-wishers paid tribute to the crew of Rescue 116 at a special ceremony today.

RNLI tribute to take place for crew of Rescue 116

An RNLI tribute will take place for the crew of Rescue 116 today.

Rescue 116: 'How do we prevent it from happening again'

A report into the R116 helicopter crash off the coast of Mayo has recommended that the company that runs the Coast Guard service in Ireland should review route guides in use by search and rescue helicopters.

Report recommends review of route guides following R116 tragedy

A report into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash has recommended there should be a review of route guides in use by search and rescue helicopters in Ireland

'We're gone': Last words heard from R116 as it 'pitched up rapidly'

An initial report into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash says it "pitched up rapidly" in its final seconds.

Marine Institute ROV conducts last dive in R116 search as Gardaí promise to continue operation

The Marine Institute's ROV submarine carried out its last dive off Blackrock island today, and has left Blacksod bay on board the Irish Lights vessel the Granuaile.

No sign of missing Rescue 116 crew but search goes on

Searchers for the remaining missing crew members of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 are concentrating on the area around the crash site again after the disappointment over the weekend’s flotilla exercise.

Coast Guard helicopter crewmen still missing after trawlers search Atlantic

A flotilla of trawlers has found nothing after combing a swathe of the Atlantic off north-west Ireland for two winchmen missing from a crashed search and rescue helicopter.

Search continues for missing crew of Rescue 116 helicopter

The RNLI says they are grateful to the civilians who joined rescue teams for yesterday's massive sea search off Mayo and Donegal.

Latest: No sign of missing R116 despite one of the largest sea searches in history of the State

Latest: There is still no sign of missing Rescue 116 crewmen Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby, despite one of the largest sea searches ever undertaken in the history of the state.

Rescue services must get more resources

UNLESS weather conditions deteriorated dramatically overnight a major sea search is underway off our north west coast.

Blackrock Lighthouse off the Mayo coast. Pictures: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision; Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Up to 1,000 people mobilise in effort to bring missing crew ‘home’

Up to 1,000 people will this weekend mobilise in an air, sea, and land search for missing R116 helicopter crew members Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith.

Latest: Fleet of trawlers to search for missing Rescue 116 crewmen as wreckage is brought ashore

Latest: A large fleet of trawlers is being organised to search part of the Atlantic off the northwest coast for the two winchmen missing from crashed Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116.

Latest: Families of missing crewmen ask fishing boats to join search

The families of the two missing Rescue 116 crewmen, Paul Ormbsy and Ciaran Smith, have appealed to fishing vessels along the north west coast to join the search.

Latest: Searches continue for Coast Guard crewmen after helicopter recovered from sea

Latest: Searches are to continue for two missing Irish Coast Guard crew members after a major operation to lift their helicopter from the sea failed to locate them.

Latest: No mechanical anomalies found on Rescue 116 recorder, says Air Accident Investigation Unit

Latest: The Air Accident Investigation Unit has released a statement confirming that no mechanical anomalies were found on the health and usage monitoring system and multi-purpose flight recorder recovered from Rescue 116.

Widow and children of Captain Mark Duffy pay moving tribute at his funeral mass

The funeral of Captain Mark Duffy was held at the St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co Louth, yesterday.

Two families still waiting - Helicopter tragedies

THERE was a chilling coincidence around yesterday’s funeral of Captain Mark Duffy, who died when the Coast Guard helicopter crashed off the coast of Mayo 18 days ago.

’I love you to the moon and back:’ Mark Duffy’s wife in moving tribute at funeral

Latest: "I love you to the moon and back," these were the words of Captain Mark Duffy’s wife Hermione at his funeral this morning.

Watch powerful video tribute to Rescue 116 crew

The heartbreaking video posted on Youtube has resulted in an outpouring of emotional posts as father of two Captain Mark Duffy is laid to rest.

Defence Minister: Staff cutbacks not to blame for reduced Air Corps services

"The reason why is there are attractive positions outside the Air Corps."

Latest: Department announces details of Rescue 116 Captain Mark Duffy's funeral

Latest: The time of Captain Mark Duffy's funeral mass has been announced.

Spring tides hamper efforts to raise wreckage of Rescue 116 at Blacksod

Operations at the crash site of Rescue 116 off the Mayo Coast have wound down for the night.

Search for missing Coast Guard crew members continues today in challenging diving conditions

Two weeks after Rescue 116 came down off the County Mayo coast, a major operation is continuing to try and locate two crew members who are still missing.

Latest: Divers suspend operation to raise Rescue 116 helicopter wreckage due to deteriorating weather

Rescue teams which recovered the body of an Irish Coast Guard pilot from the Atlantic seabed have said their hearts go out to the family.

Rescue 116: Drones aid search for two missing men off Mayo coast

The focus of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 search mission off the North Mayo coast has shifted to the recovery of the remaining two missing crew members, writes Evelyn Ring.

'Hearts and thoughts' with Mark Duffy's family as his body is recovered from sea

Rescue teams which recovered the body of Irish Coast Guard pilot Captain Mark Duffy from the Atlantic seabed have said their hearts go out to the family.

Latest: Coffin with Mark Duffy's body driven from Blacksod pier draped in Tricolour

Latest: Gardaí have confirmed the body recovered from the wreckage of Irish Coast Guard helicopter R116 this morning is that of Captain Mark Duffy.

Latest: Body of crewman remains trapped in wreckage of Rescue 116

LATEST: The body of a crewman of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter that crashed into the Atlantic 11 days ago remains trapped in the wreckage.

Latest: Gardaí confirm a body has been found in the R116

Update 10.30pm: Gardaí have confirmed a body have been discovered on board the wreckage of the Rescue 116 aircraft.

Latest: Dive teams hope to examine wreckage of Coast Guard helicopter before lunchtime

Update 12.03pm: Divers are likely to search the wreckage of Rescue 116 this afternoon.

Latest: Rescue workers hope to dive on R116 wreck tomorrow

Update 10.30pm: Rescue workers off the Mayo coast hope to dive on the wreckage of Rescue 116 tomorrow.

Latest: Rescuers find wreckage of Rescue 116 helicopter

Latest: Wreckage of the rescue 116 helicopter has been found off the county Mayo coast.

Latest: 'Significant' amount of wreckage recovered from R116

Update 9.30pm: The Air Accident Investigation Unit has released a statement saying they have rescued a significant amount of debris from the R116.