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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Cork schoolgirl (5) who died in lake tragedy in Germany to be buried today

Emmy Sophia Eckert (5) who drowned in a lake in Germany
Emmy Sophia Eckert (5) who drowned in a lake in Germany

Ralph Riegel

A five-year-old girl who died in a lake tragedy in Germany will be buried today.

The funeral of Emmy Sophia Eckert (5) will take place in Ballincollig, Co Cork, as her parents, Andreas and Darlene Eckert, said they were overwhelmed by the support shown to them since the August 8 tragedy.

The couple posted a special message to thank their Cork friends for their support and for their kindness in setting up a GoFundMe campaign to help the family with funeral costs.

Emmy died after a freak lake accident during a family holiday at Dessau in Germany.

Her remains were brought back to Ireland last weekend and she was lying in repose at Crowley's Funeral Home, Ballincollig, last night.

Irish Water Safety officials expressed alarm at the spate of recent drownings.

Chief executive John Leech said: "What is shocking is that, if you look at the statistics, we lose a classroom of children every 10 years.

"Around 30 children aged under 14 will drown on average every decade."

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