Families of Buncrana Pier victims appeal for privacy


Louise James at a memorial service in Buncrana after she lost five members of her family. The Derry mother has this week appealed for privacy.

First anniversary of drowning tragedy approaches

Members of the Daniels and McGrotty families, whose loved ones drowned at Buncrana pier last March, have appealed for privacy ahead of the first anniversary of the “terrible tragedy”.

Sean McGrotty (49), Ruth Daniels (59), Jodie-Lee Tracey (14), Mark (12) and Evan McGrotty (8) died when their car slid off the slipway into Lough Swilly on Sunday evening, March 20, 2016.

Then four-month-old baby Ríoghnach survived after passerby Davitt Walsh, who had been alerted to the unfolding horror by Buncrana man Francis Crawford, swam out to the stricken family vehicle.

When contacted by this week’s Inishowen Independent, Francis and Kay Crawford said they pray for the families every day and it is with “sore hearts” that they remember Sean, Ruth, Jodie-Lee, Mark and Evan.

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Donna Roddy