Tramore Helicopter Tragedy Remembered

It was on the first Friday in July in 1999 that Rescue 111 crashed in dense fog in the sand dunes of Tramore Beach. That year the first Friday was July 2 but this year it’s today.

The four crew who lost their young lives that night live on in our memories here in Tramore and we continue to live in awe of their bravery.

Tonight, I really want to salute the four men who perished that terrible night and send fondest wishes to their families, friends and colleagues.

Sgt. Patrick Mooney, aged 34

Capt. David O’Flaherty,  aged 30

Capt. Michael Baker, aged 28

Cpl. Niall Byrne, aged 24

Memorial to Rescue 111 on Tramore Promenade, Co. Waterford

Sadly, 2017, which marks the 18th anniversary of the loss of the crew of Rescue 111 is also a year which has seen the deaths (March 14) of all four crew members of Rescue 116 in Co. Mayo. This tragedy is still very, very raw and has underlined, yet again, the extent to which those who work in Search and Rescue and risk their lives for the rest of us deserve to be recognised as true heroes and thanked by us all from the very bottom of our hearts.






Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

19 thoughts on “Tramore Helicopter Tragedy Remembered”

  1. Yes God bless both rescue crews, lost but not forgotten and their families.
    A beautifully written tribute Jean 💜
    Lovely to see you back. 🤗😉

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