His citation read as follows: Tony is an experienced and professional seagoer with an instinctive knowledge of the Donegal coast and the conditions that his Bundoran lifeboat crew may have to face in the course of their lifesaving duties. Having been involved with the RNLI for over twenty years, eighteen of those at Station Honorary Secretary and latterly as LOM, he has helped shape a committed and enthusiastic team both operationally and in fundraising. Tony has made a significant contribution to the saving of lives off the cost of Donegal and to the RNLI both in Bundoran and in the wider RNLI. Tony is well deserving of the award of the RNLI’s Gold badge.
The badge was presented by HRH Prince Edward - The Duke of Kent.
Photo shows Captain Tony McGowan being presented with his medal - credit Jon Stokes.