Belfast Telegraph

Buncrana pier tragedy: Louise James and baby Rioghnach-Ann return to Derry school to remember sister Jodie Lee

Louise James has returned to the school where her younger sister Jodie Lee was studying before she died alongside four members of her family in the Buncrana tragedy.

On Wednesday, Louise and baby Rioghnach-Ann visited staff at St Mary’s College in Derry to remember Jodie Lee.

In a twitter post, a member of staff at the school said: "Two very special visitors, JodieLee's sister Louise & baby Rioghnach-Ann #courage #strength #inspiring"

The school community was left devastated when Jodie Lee, her mother Ruth Daniels, brother-in-law Sean McGrotty and two nephews, Mark and Evan, all drowned when their car slid off Buncrana pier in March.

Baby Rioghnach-Ann was the only survivor of the tragedy after she was pulled from the water by passer-by Davitt Walsh.

Following the tragedy, a tribute on the school’s website said: “Jodie Lee was described by her form teacher Mr Sean McBride, as ‘a beautiful, loving, caring, funny and intelligent young lady who brought a glow of happiness into St Mary’s College’. She always had a big smile on her face and had an infectious laugh. He said it was an honour getting to know this wonderful young person.

“Jodie Lee was loved dearly by all of her classmates as well as others who knew her throughout the school. She made a great contribution to the life of the school and to the life of her Form Class C17.

“The impact of this devastating event has deeply scarred all those who knew her. Her loss will be felt forever in St Mary’s College. She will always be in our thoughts and prayers. May she Rest in Peace.”

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