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R116 inquest adjourned to allow further investigation

Fri, Apr 13, 2018

Garda Diver Enda Broderick and Naval Diver Courtney Gibbons arriving at Belmullet Courthouse, Co. Mayo for the inquests into the deaths of the crew members of Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 116. Photo : Keith Heneghan

The preliminary inquest into the deaths of the four crew members of the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 was adjourned yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, just hours after it opened in Belmullet Courthouse.

The inquest into the deaths of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, and winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith was due to open in Belmullet in early March, but was postponed due to the inclement weather conditions. Yesterday’s inquest was preliminary, as investigations into the crash are continuing.

Family members and friends of the deceased and the missing crew, attended the hearing where details were outlined of the cause of death of Dara Fitzpatrick and Mark Duffy.


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