Wednesday 28 September 2016

Body of woman (36) found after her car went off the pier

Greg Harkin

Published 03/09/2016 | 15:30

The car is recovered from the pier at Kerrykeel
The car is recovered from the pier at Kerrykeel

The body of a 36-year-old woman has been recovered from the water, after her car went off the pier in Co Donegal today.

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Her body was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

The woman was last seen in Kerrykeel just a few minutes before the incident at the pier.

She lived locally but was originally from Letterkenny.

It emerged this evening that a teenage boy tried to save the woman.

Local people say he dived into the water shortly after the car went off the pier into Mulroy Bay.

Kerrykeel pier where the search is ongoing
Kerrykeel pier where the search is ongoing

However he was unable to save the woman.

He had to be treated for shock by paramedics at the scene.

A major search was launched to locate the woman earlier today.

The alarm was raised by another motorist who witnessed the incident at the pier just outside Kerrykeel on the Fanad peninsula.

It's understood the vehicle is a Fiat Punto and the female motorist is from the local area.

The Sligo 118 rescue helicopter has located the vehicle and Coast Guard divers are at the scene.

They are being assisted by Mulroy Coast Guard lifeboat crews as well as fire service personnel.

Ambulance crews and Gardai are also at the scene of the incident.

Local people say the incident happened around 12.30pm.

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