Major coastguard training exercise to take place Tuesday evening

The coastguard is undertaking a major training exercise this evening in the sea off Buncrana.

The exercise will involve a mock fire on the Lough Swilly Ferry and a likely mass rescue that would result.

The coast guard helicopter, the Greencastle Coastguard Team and the Lough Swilly Lifeboat will all be involved in the exercise which runs between around 7pm and 9pm this Tuesday evening.

Derek Flanagan of the Irish Coast Guard says training exercises like this are hugely important: