Res­cue 116 event called off

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

A cer­e­mony to mark the an­niver­sary of the R116 tragedy and the death of Coast Guard vol­un­teer Catriona Lu­cas has been can­celled due to ex­pected ad­verse weather.

The he­li­copter crash on March 14 last year saw Cap­tain Dara Fitz­patrick, Cap­tain Mark Duffy, winch op­er­a­tor Paul Ormsby and winch­man Ciaran Smith lose their lives. The tragedy came just months af­ter Catriona Lu­cas died on Septem­ber 12 2016 while on a search with the Doolin/Kil­kee Coast Guard Unit.

Grey­stones Coast Guard had in­tended to hold a re­mem­brance cer­e­mony at the ma­rina this evening (Wed­nes­day). Un­for­tu­nately, or­gan­is­ers took the de­ci­sion to can­cel the event be­cause of the high winds and rain fore­cast.

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