Brave act marked at Stormont
Lagan Valley MP
and Junior Minister Jeffrey
Donaldson and Deputy First Minister
Martin McGuinness with members of
the Withernsea Lifeboat Crew and
Junior Minister Gerry Kelly.
LAGAN Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson has met
with a lifeboat crew who risked their lives while helping to
rescue a number of his constituents and many other people from
Northern Ireland trapped in the wreckage of a crashed airliner
at Kegworth almost 20 years ago.
Members of the crew from Withernsea were
travelling along the MI when the British Midland Boeing 737-400
en-route from Heathrow to Aldergrove, hit an embankment and
broke into three parts while attempting an emergency landing at
East Midlands Airport following an engine fire on Sunday 8th
They were drenched in aviation fuel but
disregarded their own safety to spend almost four hours
assisting the emergency services.
The men formed a human chain across the wing
of the airliner as they helped evacuate the injured and remove
the remains of those who died in the impact.
Mr. Donaldson attended the reception in
Stormont to acknowledge the men's heroism in his capacity as a
Junior Minister along with Deputy First Minister Martin
McGuinness and Junior Minister Gerry Kelly.
He said he was 'honoured' to meet the crew
who "so selflessly risked their lives to aid others.
"Too often people like this this are
overlooked or indeed forgotten about once the story stops
hitting the headlines," he continued.
"We should all endeavour to remind ourselves
of the thousands of men and women who risk their lives each day
for the safety and rescue of others. Their bravery is to be
The Deputy First Minister praised the men's
"What a privilege it is to be in the company of
men who showed such remarkable bravery, putting their own lives
at risk and working tirelessly to rescue casualties," he said.
"Such acts of heroism are rare and it is fitting
that we should acknowledge, albeit belatedly, the critical
contribution they made to the rescue work that day."