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Buncrana pier tragedy hero: I should have done more

By Staff Reporter

The hero who saved a baby in the Buncrana disaster believes he could have saved more if he had been thrown a lifebuoy.

Davitt Walsh (28) was lauded for his bravery after jumping into the freezing Lough Swilly and swimming to the sinking car.

He managed to rescue four-month-old Rioghnach-Ann, but Sean McGrotty (46), his sons Evan (8) and Mark (12), Ruth Daniels (57) and 14-year-old Jodi-Lee Daniels all drowned.

Speaking to Sunday World, Mr Walsh said he had one of the boys in his arms but lost his grip due to the pressure of the car.

"It all happened so quickly but it was as if everything had stopped. People were on the pier and walking around but everybody seemed to be just wondering what was going on.

"I just can't help feeling I could have done more. I honestly think I could have saved more if someone had thrown me a lifebuoy or something.

"There was one on the pier but nobody used it and I don't know why. I'll probably never know why but I can't help think that I could have done more or I could have saved others.

"There were people fishing and they didn't realise what was happening. I just can't take it all in still," said Mr Walsh.

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