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Friends of Buncrana pier tragedy victim Jodie-Lee Daniels launch campaign to get Justin Bieber to record message

Almost £30k has been raised for the family of the Buncrana pier tragedy victims through crowdfunding

By Claire Williamson

Thousands of pounds have been raised to help the family of the Buncrana pier tragedy which killed five people - including two young children.

Sean McGrotty, 46, his sons Mark (12), Evan (8) his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels (57) and her 14-year-old daughter Jodie Lee Daniels died when their Audi car slipped into the water.

The family were on a day trip to Buncrana, Co Donegal when their Audi Q7 car slid off a slip way into Lough Swilly on Sunday evening.

The only survivor was four-month-old baby girl Rionaghac-Ann.

She was rescued by a bystander who stripped down and swam out to the sinking car.

Louise, Mr McGrotty's wife, had been away on a hen weekend and rushed to be beside her daughter's side at Letterkenny hospital on Sunday night. The girl is said to be "doing well" in hospital.

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A second crowdfunding page has been set up and has raised more than £10,000.

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Bystander Davitt Walsh, who had gone to the pier with his girlfriend for a walk, has been hailed a hero after he swam out and rescued Ms James’ and Mr McGrotty’s four-month-old daughter Rioghnach-Ann.

The baby was rushed to Letterkenny General hospital where she was treated but has since been returned to her mother.

Meanwhile friends of 14-year-old Jodie-Lee Daniels who was killed in the tragedy have started an online campaign in a bid to get Justin Bieber to acknowledge the teenager's death.

The campaign states that Jodie-Lee was a huge fan and calls for the singer to tweet or record a video in memory of the young girl.

The hashtag #jbforjodie has been trending on social media and posts about the campaign are being shared across the world.

Manchester United strike Wayne Rooney paid a touching tribute to the two children Mark and Evan who died in the tragedy.

Friends of the young boys launched the hashtag #rooneyformarkandevan.

The footballer tweeted saying: "Devastating news about young Mark, Evan & family from Derry. Your support hasn't gone unnoticed. Prayers with family."

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