Tremendous local pride at naming ceremony for new Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat


Sue Doherty


Sue Doherty

Tremendous local pride as at naming ceremony for new Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat

Jimmy Tyrrell, Honorary Life Govenor naming the first Shannon Class lifeboat, 13-08 Derek Bullivant at Lough Swilly Lifeboat Station on Saturday the 25th of June.

Huge crowds turned out in far from summery conditions today in Buncrana to celebrate the naming of the new Lough Swilly RNLI Shannon class lifeboat Derek Bullivant.

The Derek Bullivant is the first Shannon Class lifeboat to be stationed in Ireland. It's a state of the art vessel with a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles. Donations bequeathed by the late Derek Bullivant and Mrs Valerie Walker funded the new boat.

The fact that the people of Donegal and our heroic, lifesaving crews have experienced more than our fair share of tragedy was never far from our minds at the ceremony on Buncrana pier, This was acknowledged by Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter.

“We remember and feel for all those who have suffered great loss from sea borne incidents”, he said “However at Lough Swilly and in the RNLI generally, that strengthens our resolve to keep our equipment in state of the art condition, toenble us to train and be strong and provide the very best in search and rescue services in and around our coast. The Derek Bullivant is testament to that.”

Read more in Monday's Donegal People's Press.