21/03/2016 04:01 GMT | Updated 21/03/2016 10:59 GMT

Car Falls From Pier In County Donegal, Ireland, 5 Killed Including 2 Children

Five people including at least two children have been killed and a baby girl is in hospital after a car they were in slipped from a pier in Co Donegal.

The baby was saved with the help of a bystander and is said to be in a stable condition after the tragedy at Buncrana Pier, reports the Press Association.

The scene at Buncrana Pier in Co Donegal after five people were killed after a car they were in slipped from the pier

Emergency services said they had recovered the bodies of a two boys, a man and a woman. The age of a second female fatality has not been confirmed.

The victims have not been named.

It is understood gardai are treating the incident as an accident and it is thought the car may have "slipped" into the water at around 7.30pm on Sunday.

The bodies have been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital and post-mortem examinations will take place in due course, a Garda spokesman said.

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"A baby girl was rescued from the car, with the assistance of a bystander. The baby is currently in a stable condition at Letterkenny General Hospital," they added and appealed for witnesses to come forward.

A major air and sea rescue mission was mounted by the coastguard, gardai and emergency services after the alarm was raised on Sunday evening.

Two lifeboats, a helicopter and local fishing boats were involved in the effort to save those trapped inside the car, believed to have a Northern Ireland registration plate.

Witnesses have described the scene as chaotic.

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said he was saddened by the news.

He said on Twitter: "Very sad news of fatalities in an incident at Buncrana Pier tonight. Thoughts are with relatives of those involved and rescue services."