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Bear Grylls pays tribute to late Coast Guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas

He said people like her are “unsung heroes”.

The Late Late Show / YouTube

BEAR GRYLLS HAS paid tribute to Caitríona Lucas, the Coast Guard volunteer who died during a rescue operation off the coast of Clare this week.

The TV presenter is the public face of the Scouts in the UK.

Speaking on the Late Late Show, Grylls said people who volunteer with organisations such as the Coast Guard are “unsung heroes” and “just regular people giving up so much to help other people”.

“It’s the magic of volunteering. It’s unpaid and you’re doing it from the goodness of your heart.”

Grylls said Lucas was an “incredible” woman who had made the “ultimate sacrifice”.

“All of our hearts go out to her family … [Her] legacy goes on because of what she has done.”

caitriona-2-390x285 Caitríona Lucas Doolin Coast Guard via Facebook Doolin Coast Guard via Facebook

Lucas and two other crew members were thrown from their boat when it capsized during a search operation for a missing person on Monday.

The mother-of-two, who was a librarian, is the first ever Irish Coast Guard volunteer to die during a rescue.

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny led the tributes after her tragic death.

Read: Caitríona Lucas, tragically killed in coast guard rescue, remembered as an exceptional person

Read: ‘Caitríona was up there with the best of them’: Shock at sadness at death of Coast Guard volunteer 

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