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Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat called to Donegal Town overnight

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI were last night (31 March 2016) requested to launch by Malin Head Coast Guard to reports of a person in the water at the pier in Donegal Town.

Following a 999 call from some passers by, the lifeboat was paged just after 11.45pm and launched around 11.53pm, proceeding to Donegal Town. On arrival on scene at 12.15am the crew commenced a search of the pier area in coordination with the Sligo based Rescue 118 Helicopter, the Killybegs Coast Guard boat, Gardai, Fire Service and HSE Ambulance.

Shortly after 1am, a person was recovered from the water and passed into the care to the waiting ambulance crew on the pier. Sadly the person was later pronounced deceased.

The management and crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat extend their sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.


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For information please contact Shane Smyth Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Tel:  087 6611022 or email

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