Saturday 3 December 2016

Another Buncrana drowning tragedy: Three-year-old dies in accident on overseas holiday

Geraldine Gittens and Greg Harkin

Published 10/05/2016 | 09:22

Little Rolands was on holiday with his parents in their native Latvia when the accident happened.
Little Rolands was on holiday with his parents in their native Latvia when the accident happened.

An investigation has been launched in Latvia after a Co Donegal toddler drowned during a visit to his grandparents.

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Little Rolands Letins (3) from Buncrana, Co Donegal, died in a drowning accident while he was on holiday with his parents in their native Latvia.

He was a pupil at Cockhill Community Pre-school , and staff have been left reeling at the news of his death.

It is understood the accident happened last week.

A spokesperson for the pre-school told independent.ie: “We are deeply shocked and heartbroken at the tragic news.”

She added: “Roland was a delightful little boy, and it was a privilege to have him here with us.”

The spokesperson passed on condolences to Roland’s parents and family.

Rolands' parents Janeks Kuzelis and Dace Letina are currently in Latvia, where it is understood Rolands will be laid to rest.

One local said the family had been extremely excited about the trip home, and Dace hadn't visited home for a number of years.

"She was very excited and talking about it a lot. It was awful what happened."

Another local said: “It was just very, very tragic, really shocking to hear what happened.”

“There aren’t too many Latvian families in Buncrana and they’re in Latvia so we have no communication at the moment.”

The tragic news reached the village almost two months after five people were drowned at Buncrana Pier in March.

Sean McGrotty (46), his sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels (57) and her 15-year-old daughter Jodie Lee, all died after the car they were in slid off the pier on March 20.

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