TRIB­UTE FLOTILLA

Practical Boat Owner - - Regional News -

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.

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