RNLI and Davitt praised for ‘courage and professionalism’ after Buncrana Pier Tragedy

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THE LOUGH Swilly RNLI, along with Davitt Walsh, have been honoured for their involvement in the Buncrana Pier Tragedy.

At a special ceremony at the weekend, both the RNLI and Davitt were presented with a National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Award following the horrific drowning of five members of the McGrotty/Daniels family on March 20.

Davitt was hailed as a hero for risking his own life by going into the water and saving four-month-old baby Rioghnach-Ann from drowning. He was awarded with a gold medal for bravery by the Government at the awards ceremony in Dublin’s Farmleigh House.

The Lough Swilly RNLI, who were at the scene of the tragedy within minutes of Sean McGrotty’s jeep entering the water, were also praised for their ‘professionalism and courage’ on the night of March 20.

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Donna Roddy