Friday 21 July 2017

New lifeboat a legacy for RNLI couple

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

THEY died within 10 months of each other but the legacy of a young couple has already saved five people.

Bradley and Sonya Burns (right), were dedicated members of an RNLI lifeboat crew when they died.

Mr Burns died of cancer in October 2005 and his wife died suddenly, the following year, leaving behind two sons, Rory (11) and Charlie (2).

The boys watched on at the naming and dedication ceremony of a new D class lifeboat, the 'Bradley and Sonya' for Fenit RNLI in Co Kerry at the weekend (left).

Members of Bangor RNLI, where Mr and Mrs Burns had been based, raised funds to put towards the €39,000 needed for the memorial boat.

Mr Burns was the mechanic at the lifeboat station while his wife was the lifeboat administrator.

"The lifeboat was their lives, and Sonya was also an officer in the coastguards and it was all about the sea," her sister Judy Connolly said.

The boat has been on the water since April, during which time it has already saved the lives of five people, ahead of last Saturday's official launch.

Irish Independent

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