Buncrana slipway tragedy was a “tragic accident” – Gardai

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The coastguard and gardai have confirmed that five people have died after a jeep went into Lough Swilly in Buncrana last night.

A two month old baby girl was pulled alive from the water and taken to hospital.

Gardaí are describing the incident as "a tragic accident".

There were six people in the SUV when it went off the pier on the Inishowen Peninsula shortly after 7 o'clock last night.

Gardaí are treating the drownings as a tragic accident, and say the car may have accidentally slipped into the water.

Of the six in the vehicle, five bodies have been recovered a man, a woman, two boys and girl - whose age has yet to be confirmed.

The two month old baby was thrown from the vehicle and rescued by a bystander, according to witnesses. She is currently in a stable condition at Letterkenny General Hospital.

Post mortems on the victims will take place there today.

The jeep was pulled from the water at around 9 o'clock last night and removed from the scene.

Former TD Padraig MacLochlainn is from Buncrana and was on the pier last night with other local people as the tragedy unfolded.

He says it happened in the vicinity of the slipway used by the Lough Swilly Ferry.

Mr Mac Lochlainn says the mood in Buncrana is sombre, particularly as the town knows more than most the impact of such tragedies .........