Rescue 116

Added Thursday 16th March

Statement on behalf of IMPACT’s Irish Aviation Executive Staff Association (IAESA) branch

The Irish Aviation Executive Staff Association (IAESA) branch of IMPACT trade union, along with the entire aviation family, were devastated to learn of the loss of Rescue 116 in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Our thoughts are with the families, colleagues and friends of Captains Dara Fitzpatrick and Mark Duffy, winchman Ciaran Smith and winch operator Paul Ormsby who were bravely carrying out their role as the saviours of those in need of rescue on our seas, mountains and coastline.

That they did not return safely from their work on Tuesday is a tragedy that is keenly felt throughout the trade union family. The IAESA branch is proud to have represented Ciaran and Paul. They are in our thoughts constantly, as are their families their colleagues and all the staff at CHC, to whom we offer all the support we can,

We are grateful to the very brave men and women of the agencies involved in the recovery operation currently underway, and hope that their work can be completed quickly and safely.

At this very sad time we embrace with love and compassion our comrades’ families, colleagues and friends.

Go Mairidis Beo   


Added Wednesday 15th March 2017

Statement on behalf of Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA)

The Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the crew of ‘Rescue 116’.

The decorated crew of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby paid the ultimate price in their service to the State and the people of Ireland should be proud to have men and women like the crew of ‘Rescue 116’ watching over them.

IALPA are proud to have represented members Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and Captain Mark Duffy and have offered any assistance we can in the aftermath of this tragic accident.

As the search for answers begins and the Air Accident Investigation Unit start their investigation we ask people to avoid speculation about the accident and concentrate on the support of those involved.

Go Mairidis Beo   


Tuesday 14th March 2017

The thoughts of all IMPACT members are with the families and colleagues of the crew of Rescue 116 as we await news from the search efforts. The flight crew of the helicopter are members of the union’s IALPA and IAESA branches.

Members of the executive of the IALPA (pilots’) branch are in contact with the coast guard and CHC representatives and management, and are ready to provide any assistance.