WATCH: Buncrana pier hero Davitt Walsh honoured at awards ceremony

The man who saved the life of a baby during the Buncrana pier tragedy earlier this year was recognised for his heroics at Thursday’s Derry Journal People of the Year Awards in the Everglades Hotel.

Sean McGrotty, 46, sons Mark, 12, and Evan, eight, Mr. McGrotty’s mother-in-law Ruth Daniels, 57, and her 15-year-old daughter Jodie Lee all died when the car they were in slid off the slipway at Buncrana pier and into the Lough Swilly.

Davitt Walsh. 
Photo Pacemaker Press

Davitt Walsh. Photo Pacemaker Press

Davitt Walsh risked his life and swam out to the sinking car.

Mr. McGrotty passed his 14 month-old daughter Rioghnach-Ann through the car window to Mr. Walsh who somehow managed to rescue the baby girl and bring her safely to shore.

Unfortunately, Mr. Walsh and his partner Stephanie Cox were unable to attend Thursday’s ceremony however Mr. Walsh’s mother, Siobhan, and Stephanie’s mum Marina Knox, collected the award for Outstanding Bravery on their behalf.