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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 (...)

Helicopter crew (clockwise): Capt Dara Fitzpatrick and the three crew members still missing, Mark Duffy,  Ciarán Smith    and Paul Ormsby.

Air, sea and shore searches are continuing this morning for the three crew missing from the Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92 helicopter which(...)

Debris from the helicopter being taken to the pier in Blacksod, Co Mayo, scene of the search for the missing Coast Guard crew. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

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

An Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S92 helicopter at its launch at Weston Airport, Lucan, Co Dublin, in February 2014. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The manufacturers of the helicopter involved in this morning’s search for four crew of the Irish Coast Guard ordered immediate safety checks on the ai(...)

Caitríona Lucas, the Coast Guard volunteer who died during a search and rescue operation in Kilkee, Co Clare, last year.

The British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death of Irish Coast Guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas o(...)

 An Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S92 helicopter  at its launch  at Weston Airport, Lucan, Co Dublin,  in February 2014. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

No issues were found on Irish Coast Guard helicopters after manufacturers ordered immediate safety checks. Precautionary inspections were carried out(...)

Members of the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers (ARCO) conducting a Wreath Laying Ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance to remember and commemorate the participants in the 1916 Easter Rising. At the ceremony were members of the 39th Cadet Class and 40th Cadet Class who marched in the Easter Parade on  April 10th 1966. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The part played by the Defence Forces in rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean has highlighted how Ireland has taken its place among the nations of t(...)

Debris following an explosion and fire on a boat on which two men were sailing close to Rinville near Oranmore on Saturday. Photograph: Gearóid Walsh

A lobster fisherman who became entangled in ropes after his boat sank off Donegal’s Arranmore island was saved by the quick actions of an Irish Coast (...)

The Coast Guard’s helicopters are equipped with infrared low-light cameras and “night sun” searchlights.

For the first time since it was set up in 1991, the Coast Guard’s helicopter service has completed 1,000 missions in a single year. The figure was re(...)

Members of the Cobh re-enactment group at the Pageant on Blind Strand, west Cork, before the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat crewmembers re-enacted the trip from Barry Point to the sunken Lusitania 100 years ago. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

“Torpedo coming on the starboard side!” – the warning on board the ill-fated RMS Lusitania echoed down the decades yesterday as the response of one Co(...)

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