The three people who died in last night’s tragedy in Inishowen have been named by gardaí, as a fresh appeal for witnesses has been been made.
Moville businessman John Mullan (49), his son Tomas (14) and his six-year-old daughter Amelia all died when the car they were travelling in left the road and entered Lough Foyle at Three Trees between Muff and Quigley’s Point last night at 10.20pm.
Mr Mullan’s wife, Geraldine, a nurse in Letterkenny University Hospital, was the sole survivor of the tragedy. She was rescued from the waters and brought ashore. She is currently being treated for non life-threatening injuries at Letterkenny University Hospital.
Inishowen Superintendent Eugene McGovern said gardaí are keen to hear from anyone who was on the main Muff to Quigley’s Point Road around the time of the tragedy.
He said Mrs Mullan and her two children managed to get out of the car, but the children perished. Their bodies were later recovered from the water.
“They were socialising in Derry and were on their way back from Derry when it happened.”
Supt McGovern said road conditions were not good at the time. It is thought there was a lot of surface water and the car lost control and careered down an embankment and into the water at Three Trees. The tide was high at the time.
Emergency services from HM Coastguard from Scotland were among those to attend the devastating scene.
Supt McGovern said everyone’s thoughts were with Geraldine Mullan, the wider family circle and the community in Moville.
He appealed for anyone who was on that stretch of road at the time and who saw the family’s black Mitsubishi ASX SUV, registration 11 DL 1566 to contact gardai, particularly any road users with dash cam footage.
Contact Buncrana Garda Station on (00353) 74 93 20540, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.