Poignant, dignified, reflective. moving , words that were heard amongst the crowd of over a 1000 people gathered on the harbour wall. A solemn procession lead by a lone piper on the bow of the Dunmore East lifeboat set the tone for a very touching event. The Lifeboat was followed by Coastguard ribs from Dunmore,Fethard ,the Kilmore Quay lifeboat and custom’s cutter.
The Fleet gathered under the harbour wall and a short service was led by Fr Brian Power from Killea Church in the village and chaplain to the RNLI ,a wreath was laid into the sea and after a minute’s silence 4 white flares were set of to remember Dara Fitzpatrick, Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy and Ciarán Smith.
The Bypass at slow pace of rescue 117 was probably the most touching part of the ceremony with on the helicopter the crew that had shared many a mission with the crew of rescue 116.
A spontaneous applause showed how much the rescue services means to the seafarers and all of the community of Waterford.