RNLI Tribute Flotilla in memory of R116 crew
A flotilla event is set to be held on Carlingford Lough on the 30th of July in honour of the fallen crew of Coastguard 'Rescue 116.'
Captain Mark Duffy, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, winch operator Ciarán Smith and winchman Paul Ormsby (53) died when their Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 11 crashed twelve kilometres off the County Mayo coast on March 14th.
Captain Fitzpatrick was recovered from the sea but tragically died a short while later, while the remains of Captain Duffy, who was piloting the rescue helicopter, were only found after the vessel was recovered from the sea. Sadly, winchmen Orsmby and Smith have not been recovered.
A series of events are being planned across the country to honour the bravery and courage of the entire crew, and it is set to be a poignant scene on Sunday July 30th in Carlingford Lough as a tribute to the fallen coastguard. Although details are still being finalised the event will involve a flotilla of boats leaving Warrenpoint Harbour area around 4.30pm sailing down towards Rostrevor Bay and over to Carlingford Marina.
The RNLI will provide a display on shore at Victoria Square, and on the water focused on their current 'Respect the Water' campaign, and it is hoped there will be a fly past by one of the Coast Guard Search and Rescue helicopters.
In what is expected to be a truly unique event, it will be a salute to the bravery and sacrifice of the rescue crew and all who help to protect lives on the water. There will also be a voluntary collection for participation in the event and all proceeds will go to RNLI in Dublin.
All marine vessels on Carlingford Lough are cordially invited to join this Flotilla in memory of the lost lives of R116 in March 2017.
All boats must be registered to participate. Registration is free, but donations to the RNLI are requested please. Proceeds will be shared between Clougherhead RNLI and Kilkeel RNLI.
The Irish Coast Guard, HM Coast Guard, RNLI and Irish Navy will be participating in the event with shore activities on the Shore Road Green in Rostrevor and in Carlingford Marina.
A buffet will be available in Carlingford Marina from 6pm. The Marina are providing free berthing to any vessel participating in the event, subject to registration.
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