Statement of Bishop Rooke on the Tragedy of Rescue 116

The Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, the Rt Rev Patrick Rooke, has expressed his condolences to the families of the helicopter crew who lost their lives off the Co Mayo coast.

‘It is so sad’, he said, ‘that those dedicated to the rescue of others should themselves be lost in such tragic circumstances. The hearts of all those across the community in the West go out to their loved ones at this most difficult time for them.’