Exactly 50 years after the ditching of Sunday, 23 September 1962, a ceremony was held on the Atlantic coast to dedicate a memorial to those who perished and those who survived, and to all who participated or were otherwise involved in rescue operations surrounding the event.
Approximately 80 attended on the grounds of Galley Head Lighthouse. Among those present 50 years earlier were one crash survivor, one member of the Swiss Ship Celerina rescue team, two members of the Cork Airport Emergency rescue team, two fishermen/boatmen who ferried news reporters during operations, and a Shannon Airport radio operator.
Others attending included Swiss Ambassador Beat Loeliger who spoke of the pride Switzerland takes in the role of the rescue ship Celerina and its crew members.
Following are photos of the event:
Caruso holds plaque that has just been blessed by Parish Priest.
The following is a link to a short video (1 minutes 38 seconds) introduction to the program:
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Very touching and a remarkable tribute to those who had survive, great job.
Thanks so much for such a caring tribute Fred, and with such Important Dignitaries; wow. It is so true: ‘They were Soldiers once, and Young.’
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