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Thursday 30 March 2017

‘Caitriona was so dedicated to helping others’

Tributes paid as Coast Guard member dies during search

Caitriona Lucas (41) who died tragically in a rescue mission in Kilkee
Caitriona Lucas (41) who died tragically in a rescue mission in Kilkee

Luke Byrne and Caroline Crawford

Heroic volunteer Caitriona Lucas lost her life at sea during a search and rescue operation in Co Clare.

The mother of two, originally from Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, was killed while trying to locate a man who went missing over the weekend.

Ms Lucas (41) was part of a three-person crew with the Doolin Coast Guard in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) who were searching for missing teacher David McMahon in Kilkee Bay, when the boat capsized at around 1.15pm yesterday. Her colleagues Jenny Carway (51) and James Lucey (49) were both rescued some time later.

Caitriona, who worked as a librarian, had served with the Coast Guard since January 2006, alongside her husband Bernard Lucas, and lived in nearby Liscannor.

"Caitriona was always putting others first," one friend told the Irish Independent. "She was such a dedicated member of the Doolin Coast Guard team, she was at the heart of it all."

Irish Independent

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