A seven-year-old British girl was killed in a speedboat accident while on vacation with her parents in Albania.
Local media reported that Gunada Avdia was playing in the sea in the south of the country when she was killed on Tuesday around 2 pm.
The seven-year-old, who is reported to be from Barking in east London, was fatally injured when an off-duty policeman, Arjan Tassi, drove a speedboat through an area that had been divided for swimmers only.
Gunada was hit by the boat’s rotating propeller blades causing “serious injuries resulting in immediate loss of life,” according to local police.
Tassi has since been arrested and is being investigated for negligent homicide.
An additional 15 police officers who were supposed to be guarding the waters at the time were dismissed.
Police said Tassi was dropping off his family at Potam Beach when the accident occurred.
After his relatives disembarked, he put the boat back into the waters in the same area and hit Gonada while she was only 15 feet from shore.
The tragic incident sparked protests against police across the country, with demonstrators clashing with officers in the capital, Tirana, on Thursday.
Demonstrators are demanding the resignation of the interior minister, police chief and tourism minister following Gunada’s death.
Tourism Minister Mirella Comparo blamed the head of the national police for the fatal accident.
I told Albanian Daily News: “Knowing that there are no words of condolence for the parents, and the family for the tragedy they have suffered, the request goes to justice to do its work, without compromise, with the utmost punishment for anyone who breaks the law.
“The order also goes to the State Police, to each of its employees in the territory, to be on the level of vigilance and punishment imposed on them by the uniform.”