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Airport cycle to commemorate crew of Rescue Helicopter 116

Airport cycle to commemorate crew of Rescue Helicopter 116

The crew of Rescue Helicopter 116 will be commemorated by colleagues from Dublin Airport’s Police and Fire Service today.

The workers and families of the lost crew will be joined by members of An Garda Síochána and the Irish Aviation Authority in cycling Dublin Airport's perimeter road seven times, which amounts to a total distance of 116km.

Captains Mark Duffy (51), Captain Dara Fitzpatrick (45), winch operator Ciarán Smith (38) and winchman Paul Ormsby (53) died when their Coast Guard helicopter crashed 12km off the Co Mayo coast on March 14

Dublin Airport Authority’s communication manager, Siobhán O’Donnell, said: "They wanted to do this as their own special event to celebrate what their lives were before such a tragic thing happened. They all really shared a special bond with each other."

The all-day event has received support from people who have been offering their services and food for the event. A gofundme page set up for the event has received €2,000 and the cash will be given to the R116 Fund.

"It didn’t start off as a fundraising event but people wanted to make donations," Ms O'Donnell said.