Tuesday 16 October 2018

Buncrana Pier hero defends ex-partner's damages claim

Davitt Walsh and Stephanie Knox after the tragedy at Buncrana. Picture: North West Newspix
Davitt Walsh and Stephanie Knox after the tragedy at Buncrana. Picture: North West Newspix

Dean Grey

The man who saved a four-month-old baby during the Buncrana pier tragedy has defended his ex-partner after she made a claim for damages against the estate of one of the deceased.

It emerged this week that Stephanie Knox had issued legal proceedings for "loss of earnings and other matters" following the tragedy in March 2016 in which five people died.

Writing on social media, Davitt Walsh said he had the "utmost respect" for his former partner.

He added: "Stephanie has suffered extreme trauma since the tragic events of that horrible day in Buncrana."

Five members of the family, Sean McGrotty (49), his sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels and her daughter Jodie-Lee (14) died when Mr McGrotty's vehicle slipped into the sea at Lough Swilly in Co Donegal.

Irish Independent

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