The family which lost five members in the drowning tragedy off the Irish coast has praised the man who saved a four-month-old baby girl.
Those who died were the husband, sister, mother and two sons of Louise McGrotty, from Londonderry.
They were killed when their car entered the water at Buncrana pier on Sunday.
They have been named as Sean McGrotty, 49, his sons Mark, 12, and Evan, 8, his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels, 59 and Ruth’s daughter Jodie Lee Daniels, 14.
Mrs McGrotty had just returned from a hen party in England on Sunday night when she was told about the tragedy.
Jim McGrotty, Sean McGrotty’s brother, has spoken on behalf of the family.
He said they have all been living a nightmare since news of the tragedy unfolded.
‘Devoted father and husband’
“I was sitting at home when news of the tragedy started to emerge last night. My thoughts were for the families of those involved, little did I realise then that it was my own family members who had died.
“On behalf of the family we want to thank that brave man who swam into the sea and who saved the life of Louise’s baby Rionaghac-Ann, who is only four months old.
“We have since found out that Rionaghac-Ann’s father Sean handed his baby daughter out of the window of the car into the arms of the brave man who dived in to help just seconds before the car sank with the other family members inside.
“There has been a constant stream of callers arriving at the house since word of who was involved has become public.
“On behalf of the family we wish to thank those people for their support and for their love at this very difficult time for us all.
“Words cannot express the enormity of the tragedy which has befallen our family. We are …read more
Source:: BBC UK