Five people dead after car enters the water in Donegal

NewsBy Sunday World

Five people have died and a child has been rescued after an incident at a pier in Co Donegal this evening.

Two children - believed to be of national school age - are feared among the fatalities.

Emergency services are at the scene of the tragedy in Buncrana.

The Sligo 118 Coast Guard helicopter, RNLI crews and gardaí were involved in the attempted rescue of the family.

Details of how the tragedy happened are still unclear.

However it's understood the family car - with six occupants - may have gone into Lough Swilly from a slipway beside the town pier.

Local people say there have been a number of incidents in recent months of cars parking on the slipway getting into difficulty.

The slipway has been covered in a thick layer of algae.

The people who died may have been visitors to the town.

The pier is a popular stop-off point for tourists and locals alike.