Daithí Ó Cearbhalláin’s passing  occurred on the 27th anniversary of a rescue mission which he was decorated for, where he and his Air Corps colleagues assisted a fishing vessel in trouble in treacherous seas off Donegal. Photograph: Brian Arthur/ Press 22

Daithí Ó Cearbhalláin, who has died after a short illness, was one of the State’s most experienced search and rescue helicopter airmen, and a committe(...)

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick: her body was located and flown to hospital. She was confirmed dead on arrival. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

When Capt Dara Fitzpatrick and her crew were tasked on Monday night for a rescue mission, there was little to indicate it would be anything more than (...)