Beautiful moment as Buncrana hero holds rescued baby Rioghnach

Davitt Walsh with rescued baby Rioghnach
Davitt Walsh with rescued baby Rioghnach

This is the moment the Buncrana hero holds baby Rioghnach for first time since last Sunday's pier tragedy.

Davitt Walsh, pictured here by Derry News holding baby Rioghnach, met the infant and her mother in an emotional get-together before he attended today's funeral for the five victims.

The 28-year-old has received plaudits from around the world after swimming into Lough Swilly last Sunday evening to rescue the baby.

The five victims of the Buncrana pier drowning tragedy will be laid to rest today following this afternoon's joint funeral service.

Sean McGrotty, 46, died along with his two sons Mark, 12, and Evan, eight when their SUV sank after sliding off a slipway in Co Donegal.

The boy's grandmother Ruth Daniels, 57, and her 15-year-old daughter Jodie Lee Daniels also died in Sunday night's tragic incident.

Holy Family Church, near the family home in the Ballymagroarty area of Derry, is expected to be packed with mourners for the requiem mass.

The only survivor of the accident in Lough Swilly was Mr McGrotty's four-month-old baby girl Rionaghac-Ann.

Her mother Louise has said the baby is her only reason to go on living, having lost her partner, two sons, her mother and sister.

Mr Walsh has been hailed a hero after swimming out into the harbour in an effort to save the six occupants of the Audi Q7.

Mr McGrotty handed him his baby out of the broken driver's side window just moments before the vehicle sank.

The victims were on a day out from nearby Derry when the tragedy unfolded.