Wife of missing pilot Mark Duffy thanks public for their “love and compassion”

Wife of missing pilot Mark Duffy thanks public for their “love and compassion”

The wife of missing Irish Coast Guard pilot Mark Duffy has thanked the public for their support at this difficult time.

Hermione Duffy, from Blackrock, posted a message on Facebook last night to thank people for their “love and compassion” as the search continues for the three missing crew members of Rescue 116.

The rescue helicopter went down off the coast of Co Mayo in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Pilot Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered a short time later but passed away from her injuries.

The search is continuing for Blackrock man Mark and winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciaran Smith today. Hopes of them being found have been heightened by the discovery of the helicopter’s black box yesterday evening although there are fears that bad weather could curtail the search today.

In a post on Facebook last night, Hermione Duffy said “Thank you for the huge outpouring for my beloved Mark, my hero, my soulmate my right hand but we are both ciotogs my babies Daddy. Our hero. I am overwhelmed by the love and compassion being expressed. Truly thank you our children will be so comforted by everything.”

Meanwhile, a short candlelit gathering will take place at the Sundial in Blackrock at 8pm on St Patrick’s Day to give the local community an opportunity to show its solidarity and support for the family, relatives, friends and colleagues of Mark.

The St Patrick’s Day parade in Blackrock has already been cancelled as a mark of respect to Mark and his family at this testing time.

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