A seven-year-old British girl has died in a speedboat accident while on holiday with her parents in Albania.
According to local media reports, Jonada Avdia was killed while playing in the sea in the south of the country at around 2pm on Tuesday.
The seven-year-old boy, from Barking, east London, was fatally injured when an off-duty policeman, Arjan Tase, was driving a speedboat through an area reserved for swimmers, according to reports.
According to local police, Jonada was hit by the boat’s spinning propeller blades, “causing serious injuries and resulting in immediate loss of life”.
Tase has since been arrested and is being investigated for manslaughter.
Another 15 police officers who were supposed to be guarding the waters at the time were fired.
Police said Tase was transporting his family to the shores of Potam Beach when the crash happened.
After his relative disembarked, he put the boat back into the water in the same area and hit Jonada just 15 feet from shore.
Marchers clashed with police in the capital Tirana on Thursday, a tragic incident that sparked protests against police across the country.
Protesters called for the resignation of the interior minister, police chief and tourism minister because of Jonada’s death.
Tourism Minister Mirela Kumbaro also blamed the national police chief for the fatal crash.
she told Albania Daily News: “Recognizing that no words can serve as comfort to parents and families for the tragedy they have endured, demand justice, uncompromising performance of their duties, and maximum punishment for anyone who breaks the law.
“The request was also sent to the State Police and to every employee in the area for vigilance and punishment imposed on them.”