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Buncrana pier tragedy inquest: Davitt Walsh an 'ordinary man who did an extraordinary thing'

A brave sportsman who rescued a baby from the Buncrana pier tragedy was extraordinary, police said.

Former footballer Davitt Walsh swam out into the harbour in an effort to save the six occupants of the sinking Audi Q7 and rescued baby Rionaghac-Ann.

Sean McGrotty handed his daughter to Mr Walsh through the driver's side window moments before the vehicle sank.

Mr Walsh tried to save another child but said he seemed to "get stuck" on something.

Garda Inspector David Murphy told the inquest: "Davitt Walsh is an ordinary man who did an extraordinary thing."

He paid tribute to rescuers from his force who arrived on the scene within minutes.

"Their actions are the truest reflection of the unstinting service provided by An Garda Siochana."

Inspector Murphy hoped the conclusion of the inquest will go some way to aiding the grieving process for relatives of the dead.

He said: "Generations of a family have lost their lives, as we have heard in the course of this inquest."

He said the tragedy has impacted on many communities including Buncrana, the Inishowen peninsula and around the country.

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