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Conway-Walsh extends condolences to family and friends of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick

14 March, 2017 - by Rose Conway-Walsh


Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has expressed her sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, who has lost her life this morning as a result of the R116 Coast Guard helicopter crash off Blacksod Bay. As combined rescue efforts continue, Senator Conway-Walsh has said that the remaining missing crew members are in all of our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

The Senator from Mayo said:

“It was with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, a veteran of the Irish Coast Guard, and I extend my condolences to her family, comrades, and friends.

“I, like many others living on the Mayo coast, know of the dedication and professionalism of the Irish Coast Guard who have provided assistance on many occasions to fishermen, seafarers, and many others who have gotten into difficulty over the years. I want to pay tribute to the efforts of the Achill and Ballyglas Lifeboat Service and all other emergency services who are currently involved in the search. We can only imagine how difficult it must be to be involved in such a search, especially when it involves colleagues of this vital service.

“It is heartening to see so many local vessel owners join in the search, a sign of the high esteem the people of Mayo hold the members of the Irish Coast Guard and all other emergency services. I hope that some measure of comfort can be taken from the massive community effort underway to find the remaining crew members.” 

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