A seven-year-old British girl has been killed in a speedboat accident while on holiday with her parents in Albania.
Jonada Avdia was playing in the sea in the south of the country when she was killed around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, according to local media.
The seven-year-old, believed to be from Barking in east London, was fatally injured when off-duty policeman Arjan Tase drove a speedboat into an area set aside for swimmers.
Jonada was hit by the boat’s spinning propeller blades, which “caused serious injury resulting in immediate loss of life”, according to local police.
Tase has since been arrested and is being investigated for negligent homicide.
Fifteen other police officers who were supposed to guard the water at the time were fired.
Police said Tase was dropping family members off Potam Beach when the crash happened.
After his relatives disembarked, he relaunched the boat in the same area and rammed Jonada when she was only 15 feet from shore.
The tragic incident sparked protests against police across the country, as marchers clashed with officers in the capital Tirana on Thursday.
Protesters are demanding the resignation of the interior minister, police chief and tourism minister following Jonada’s death.
Mirela Kumbaro, the tourism minister, also blamed the national police chief for the fatal accident.
She told the Albanian Daily News: “Aware that there are no words to console the parents, the family for the tragedy they have suffered, the request goes to justice to do her work, without compromise, with a maximum penalty for anyone who breaks the law.
“The request is also addressed to the State Police, to each of its employees in the territory, to be at the level of vigilance and sanction that the uniform imposes on them.”
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