Preliminary inquests into deaths of Rescue 116 crew to open in March
North Mayo coroner hopes to issue death certificates before adjourning inquests
Four Irish Coast Guard air crew – Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith – died when their helicopter collided with Blackrock island off the Mayo coast on March 14th last year.
After initial matters are dealt with it is planned to adjourn the inquests to a later date.
“Dr Fitzgerald is hoping to be in a position to issue the coroners’ certificate of death which will allow the deaths be registered”, the coroner’s spokesperson said.
The crash at Blackrock Island, a rocky outcrop in the Atlantic, in the early hours of March 14th, 2017 claimed the lives of the four crew on board.
All inquests have a fact-finding purpose – to establish the name(s) of the deceased, when and where they died, the medical cause of their deaths (if known) and how they came by their deaths.