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Musician Phil Coulter on the 200 Voices podcast
200 Voices an RNLI podcast

‘They are unsung heroes’

Episode 85 - Home from the Sea: Phil Coulter

Acclaimed musician Phil Coulter on the writing of an RNLI anthem.

When his brother tragically drowned while windsurfing in Lough Swilly, Ireland, in 1984, musician Phil Coulter was determined to make a change. He was instrumental in the setting up of Lough Swilly Lifeboat Station. And through raising funds and spreading awareness of the devastating drowning tragedies that had happened at the lough – tragedies that also included his sister – the station opened 3 years later.

In 1989, Phil wrote his song ‘Home from the Sea’ – which has become a much-loved RNLI anthem. In this episode, Phil shares his inspiration for it, along with his thoughts about RNLI crews both past and present.