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Wreaths laid in Dublin to remember deaths at sea

Published 24/12/2015

Edward Totterdell, a crew member from Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Station, holds a wreath during the ceremony
Edward Totterdell, a crew member from Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Station, holds a wreath during the ceremony

Wreaths have been laid in Dublin to mark the lives lost at sea this year.

Two generations of lifeboat volunteers and a lone piper led the Christmas Eve RNLI lifeboat ceremony at Dun Laoghaire.

Former crew member Eddie Totterdell and his son Conor left two floral tributes at sea in memory of 15 volunteers who died on service on this day in 1895, as well as all lives lost around the coasts in 2015.

The Christmas Eve tragedy occurred in stormy conditions as the crew attempted to rescue survivors from the SS Palme, a Finnish sailing ship which had run aground off Blackrock.

The lifeboat capsized during gale force winds.

Broadcaster Fergal Keane participated in the ceremony and read part of an Irish Times report on the Palme tragedy. Musician William Byrne also took part.

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