Coastguard boat recovered hours before removal of Caitríona Lucas

Crowds queue at the removal of Caitríona Lucas in Liscannor.

Hours before the removal took place of the volunteer coastguard who died in the line of duty on Monday, the wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard rescue boat was recovered.

Caitríona Lucas, a 41-year old mother-of-two, became the first member of the volunteer service to lose her life when the Delta Rib (rigid inflatable boat) suddenly capsized throwing its crew of three into the sea.

A member of the Doolin unit of the service, Caitríona had been searching for missing Clare man David McMahon when the accident happened. She was on board the Kilkee Delta Rib along with two members of the local unit, Jenny Carway and James Lucey. Three days after the tragedy, members of the Garda Water Unit recovered debris from the sea where the tragedy occurred.

The crew of the Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter hovered overhead directing the Garda crew to debris they had spotted in the water. In the meantime, a specialist team abseiled down the cliff face to secure the wreckage of the boat which was then lifted by crane to the cliff top.

Caitríona Lucas
Caitríona Lucas

The salvage operation was co-ordinated by Operations and Training Officer with the Irish Coast Guard John McLoughlin who thanked those who volunteered their services for the salvage.

The wreckage and debris was removed from the scene for examination as part of the investigation into the incident. John McLoughlin confirmed that the engine’s black box data recorder was also recovered and handed over to the Marine Casualty Investigation Board for its investigation.

The Health and Safety Authority has begun an investigation.”

More on this topic

Ceremony to remember those who lost their lives at seaCeremony to remember those who lost their lives at sea

Your sacrifice will never be lost on us, says poem to Coast Guard hero Caitriona LucasYour sacrifice will never be lost on us, says poem to Coast Guard hero Caitriona Lucas

Son remembers his mother Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas as 'an inspiration'Son remembers his mother Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas as 'an inspiration'

Update: Clare County Council open Book of Condolence as investigation launched into Caitríona Lucas' deathUpdate: Clare County Council open Book of Condolence as investigation launched into Caitríona Lucas' death


Lifestyle

Pollutants can have an impact on your health, but there are things you can do to reduce the potential damage.High pollution days ‘lead to more cardiac arrests and strokes’: 5 easy ways to protect yourself

Even if you only have room for one pot in the smallest space, plant some tulips in it to make your garden spring to life, says Hannah Stephenson.7 design tips to make your tulips in garden pots stand out in a crowd

Does the early bird catch the gym gains, or are you better off running through your reps after the sun sets? We ask two personal trainers.Ask the experts: Is it better to work out in the morning or the evening?

John’s chairs will last a lifetime, but he is also passing on his knowledge to a new generation, writes Ellie O’Byrne.Made in Munster: The ancient art of súgán-making is woven into Irish family history

More From The Irish Examiner