Two Drown In Car Pier Plunge

As Northern Ireland was reeling from news of six tragic deaths on the roads, a car has plunged into the sea in Galway, killing two men inside - although a third man had a miraculous escape.

The pair who drowned were professional fishermen whose car ran off a pier.

The men are believed to be from Lithuania. Their car fell into the sea at Rossaveal Harbour in County Galway on Sunday night at about 10pm.

The third man who was in the car when it went off the harbour, escaped through the vehicle's sun roof.

The men were all members of the crew of a fishing boat operating out of Rossaveal - the harbour for the Aran Islands.

They had only bought the second-hand car at the weekend and were driving it on the pier when the accident happened.

The car went over a low protective barrier and plunged into about 10 metres of water.

The man who escaped was a back seat passenger and managed to escape through the sun roof and was able to swim to safety. He is said to be deeply traumatised by the accident.

The alarm was raised, but the two men, who were trapped inside the submerged car, died before a rescue attempt could be made.

Garda sub-aqua divers arrived at the scene at 3am and recovered their bodies.


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

13 March 2020
Man Arrested In Connection With Abduction And Assault Of Kevin Lunney
Gardaí investigating the abduction and assault of Kevin Lunney have made another arrest. The man, aged in his 50s, is currently detained in Cavan Garda Station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007. Mr Lunney, a director of Quinn Industrial Holdings was abducted and subjected to a prolonged attack in September 2019.
19 March 2020
Man Charged In Connection With Robbery And Fatal Collision
A man, aged in his 20s, is due to appear before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged in connection with a robbery and fatal traffic collision on 10 March, 2020. Two women, aged in their 50s, were struck by a car as it fled the scene of a robbery in Killiney earlier this month.
03 October 2013
Cash-In-Transit Van Robbery Foiled By Passing Garda Patrol
Gardaí have foiled an attempted cash-in-transit van robbery in Clondalkin, west Dublin. According to garda at around 11:20am two men approached a guard from the van as he made a delivery at the Bawnogue Shopping Centre, threatening him with a firearm.
18 March 2020
Garda Investigating Cause Of Fatal Collision On N20
An investigation has been launched into the cause of a fatal road traffic collision this morning on the Cork - Limerick road. A man has been pronounced dead following the collision involving a car and truck at approximately 10am at Annabella on the outskirts of Mallow in Co Cork on the N20 route.
03 April 2014
Eight Arrested Over Modified Car Rally
Eight people, a woman and seven men, have been arrested in County Clare for participating in an illegal modified car rally. All eight were charged in connection with the incident and released on bail. They will appear before Ennis District on 23 April 2014.