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20th May 2024

Man’s body found after car entered water at Donegal pier

Simon Kelly

Man dies Buncrana, Donegal

The man was in his 80s.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a man’s body was found following his car entering the water at Buncrana Pier in Co. Donegal.

It is understood that a passer-by raised the alarm when they spotted the car in the water at around 7.30am on Sunday, May 19.

The man in his 80s was discovered deceased inside the vehicle and the car was pulled from the water.

The man’s body was then taken to Letterkenny University Hospital for a post-mortem.

Gardaí said that that forensic investigators completed a technical examination of the scene on Sunday.

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Man’s body found after car entered water at Donegal pier

In a statement to JOE on Monday morning, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said: “Gardaí in Buncrana are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision at Buncrana Pier yesterday morning, Sunday 19th May 2024.

“Gardaí and emergency services were alerted to a vehicle in the water at Buncrana Pier on Sunday morning at approximately 7.30am.

“Following a multi-agency search and recovery operation, the car was recovered from the water.

“One male (aged in his 80s) was discovered deceased inside the vehicle. His body was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place in due course.

“A technical examination of the scene at Buncrana Pier and Swilly Road was completed by Forensic Science Investigators (FSI) yesterday afternoon. All roads have now reopened to traffic.

“Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to contact them.

“Anyone who was travelling in the vicinity of Buncrana Pier, Swilly Road and Shore Front between 6.30am and 7.30am on Sunday morning is asked to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074 9320540, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”

In 2016, five people also died at Buncrana Pier after their car slid on algae and fell into the sea. 

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