Tragedy as five members of the same family die in Buncrana pier tragedy

Ruth Daniels
Ruth Daniels

The five members of the same family who died when their car ‘skidded on algae’ and plunged into the sea have been named.

Sean McGrotty and his two sons eleven-year-old Mark and Evan (8), his mother in law Ruth Daniels and her teen daughter Jodie all lost their lives in the Buncrana pier tragedy, yesterday.

Sean McGrotty

Two-month-old baby Riognach was rescued by a passer-by and is in a stable condition at Letterkenny General Hospital.

Mark and eight-year-old Evan McGrotty

The horrific incident happened in Buncrana around 7.15pm at a popular Wild Atlantic Way stop-off point for tourists wanting to watch the sun set over Lough Swilly.

The town had been packed with visitors on a bright and sunny Sunday at the start of the Easter holidays.

The Coast Guard 118 Rescue helicopter, RNLI lifeboat crews from Lough Swilly and Greencastle, ambulance crews and gardaí all took part in the search and rescue operation.

But by 9pm it was clear that there were no other survivors.

Jodie Daniels

The children’s mother was at an event in Liverpool at the time and now faces the unthinkable.

An eyewitness to a horrific tragedy has described how he felt "hopeless" as a man shouted from the window of a car that was slowly going underwater, read the full story here.