A 100-strong turnout of yachts and motorboats supported a flotilla in memory of the Irish Coast Guard R116 helicopter crew.
The ‘truly unique’ event in Carlingford Lough was held on 30 July in tribute to R116, which crashed in March 2017 with the loss of four crew lives. Events included a dinghy race in Rostrevor Bay, Coast Guard and RNLI demonstrations, and musical entertainment from The Silver Band. A lone piper performed as the first boats in the flotilla travelled up the Lough from Warrenpoint to Rostrevor Bay.
A memorial service was held in the bay, with wreaths laid in memory of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, co-pilot Capt Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciaran Smith. Each boat then laid a red or white rose in the water as R116 flew past.