As a Maritime Safety Organisation, Irish Lights share the devastation felt by all who work on the coast at the tragic loss of the crew of Rescue 116. They, their families and all involved in the ongoing operations are foremost in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
Our staff at Blacksod Lighthouse are playing a key role in the ongoing search and recovery operation. The aircraft landing and fuelling facilities at Blacksod are an important part of Ireland’s Search and Rescue infrastructure. On this occasion the station is also fulfilling a role as a coordination, communications and support facility.
Irish Lights other assets such as our ship ILV Granuaile, our contract aircraft, our personnel and our technical expertise have been made fully available to the Coast Guard and the Air Accident Investigation Unit and will continue to be available for as long as they are required.
In dark times such as these the generosity and selflessness of our coastal communities is often the one light that penetrates the darkness. The response of the fishermen, voluntary services and residents of Blacksod and the surrounding areas is a beacon for all that is best about our country. May god bless and preserve all involved.