Buncrana pier tragedy: Inquest date set for November

The five victims of the drowning tragedy Image copyright Other
Image caption The victims were, from left, Mark McGrotty, 12, and Evan McGrotty, 8, Sean McGrotty, 49, Ruth Daniels, 57, and Jodie Lee Daniels, 14

A coroner has described the drowning of five people from Londonderry as a terrible tragedy.

Dr Denis McCauley was speaking at a public hearing in advance of an inquest into the tragedy at a pier in County Donegal on 20 March 2016.

Five family members on a day trip died when their car slipped off Buncrana Pier into Lough Swilly.

Dr McCauley said it was one of the worst family tragedies along the Irish coastline in living memory.

Sean McGrotty, who was 49, died with his two sons Mark, 12, and Evan, eight.

Ruth Daniels, who was 57, died alongside her daughter Jodie Lee, who was 14.

A baby was saved - handed from the sinking car to a man who ran into the water to help.

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Image caption Flowers left at the scene at Buncrana pier in Co Donegal where five people, including three children, were drowned in March 2016

The Coroner said the inquest, which will be held in November, will try to find out what happened on the night as well as what lessons can be learned from the tragedy.

A number of McGrotty family members were present at the hearing.

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