Local man missing following Irish Coast Guard crash named

Local man missing following Irish Coast Guard crash named

The local man missing following the disappearance of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter off the coast of Co Mayo this morning has been named.

Mark Duffy, from Blackrock

Mark Duffy, from Blackrock, was one of a crew of four aboard Rescue 116 who lost contact with base around 1am.

Mark is married to local designer Hermione Duffy and the couple have two children together, Esme and Fionn.

As recently as Sunday he was involved in the rescue of a father and son after a helicopter crashed in a garden in the foothills of the Cooley Mountains in Carlingford.

The Dublin-based crew, of which Mark was Chief Pilot, had been providing top cover for another Coast Guard helicopter that was performing a medical evacuation off the coast of Mayo.

Rescue 116 was returning to base when it fell out of contact, six miles west of Blacksod.

A large amount of debris was found this morning with one crew member, Pte Dara Fitzpatrick, confirmed dead this afternoon. As well as Mark winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith are also missing.

The search for the remaining crew members is set to continue overnight.

Pictured above: Rescue 116 helicopter, as captured by Greenore Coast Guard, performing a rescue operation on the Cooley Mountains on Sunday

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