Event marks 20 years of Search & Rescue Helicopter service out of Waterford.

IRCG Rescue 117 at a training exercise in Waterford. Photo: Declan Keogh / EmergencyTimes.ie

Twenty years of Helicopter Search and Rescue Service out of Waterford Airport was recognised at an event today.

The event acknowledges the people and the crew, present and past, who have being providing this invaluable service to the south-east so diligently over the last two decades.

Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton attended the event.

As part of the celebrations, Winchman Sarah Courtney was presented with the CHC Excellence Service award. Sarah along with the crews of the Waterford Helicopter base and Shannon Helicopter base, also received National Bravery Awards in 2021 for an incident in March of that year where a seven-member crew were successfully air lifted from a county Wexford owned fishing vessel, the Ellie Adhamh, the off the South West Coast in heavy weather conditions. 

Speaking at the event, Minister Naughton said “I am delighted to mark 20 years of delivery of Coast Guard Search and Rescue Services out of Waterford, or should I say R117 to quote its well-recognised call sign. In its 20-year tenure, 117 has built a strong reputation for delivery of Coast Guard Helicopter services to the maritime, coastal, offshore island  and inland communities. I wish you continued success with your work and compliment you for the constructive relationship that you maintain with the wider SAR community.”

Pic: IRCG Rescue 117 at a training exercise in Waterford. Photo: Declan Keogh / EmergencyTimes.ie
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