Mark Duffy: A native of Co Louth who secured ‘dream job’
Capt Duffy started flying rescue missions in 2002
Capt Mark Duffy on the flight deck of a Coast Guard helicopter
His remains were found in the cockpit of the wreckage of the aircraft that is lying on the seabed off Blackrock island.
A native of Dundalk, Mr Duffy later moved to the nearby seaside village of Blackrock where he shared a home with his wife Hermione and two children.
He began flying rescue missions for the Dublin-based crew in 2002.
He previously worked with the California Coast Guard in San Francisco for seven years after completing his training in the US.
According to local sources and newspaper accounts, Mr Duffy was known for his community work on behalf of the Coast Guard which the community of Blackrock is “very proud of”.
He regularly engaged in visits to local schools, including his alma mater of St Mary’s College (The Marist) in Dundalk.