The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has heard with great sadness of the loss of the Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter, R116, during an operation in the early hours of 14 March 2017.
IMRF Chair Captain Udo Helge Fox says: "The IMRF, which represents the maritime search and rescue community worldwide, is shocked to hear of this accident. Search and rescue at sea is a dangerous business. SAR professionals do all they can to mitigate the risks, but we cannot eradicate them entirely."
"Sometimes SAR people give their own lives in trying to save others. At the moment, we do not know what has happened to R116, or whether more of the crew will be found. I know that our Irish colleagues will do all in their power to find them, and bring them home. On behalf of the worldwide SAR community, I salute the crew of R116, and we hope for the best possible outcome."
IMRF Chief Executive Bruce Reid adds: "SAR people all over the world are part of one family, united in seeking to save lives, and the SAR world is in shock, like any family. Our thoughts and hopes are with the crew, their loved ones and their SAR colleagues at this difficult time."