The Executive Committee of the Irish College of Paramedics would like to express sincere condolences on behalf of all ICoP members to the family of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick. We hope for the speedy recovery of her three colleagues, Captain Mark Duffy, winchman Ciarán Smith and winch operator Paul Ormsby. Each of them is a real-life hero, having risked their lives on a daily basis in service of those in distress.

We are terribly saddened at the news of our colleagues and friends in Rescue 116. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the crew-members, and our colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard at this  time.

We would also like to express our gratitude to all the dedicated volunteers and professionals assisting with the search efforts that are underway.