Ballincollig five-year-old drowns in a lake in Germany while on a family holiday

Ballincollig five-year-old drowns in a lake in Germany while on a family holiday
Emmy Eckert from Ballincollig who died in an accident in Germany. Picture Denis Minihane

A five-year-old girl from Ballincollig, who died in a bathing accident in Germany last Thursday, will be laid to rest this Monday.

Emmy Eckert was on holidays with her family and visiting a lake in Dessau near Berlin when she went missing from her parents.

Andreas and Darlene Eckert, who have four children of which Emmy was the eldest, searched for their daughter along with the lifeguards on duty, before the young child was found in the water.

Local news reports said she was resuscitated by emergency personnel at the scene but died later in hospital. Emmy was a pupil of Scoil Mhuire in Ballincollig.

Local Pastor Craig Ledbetter said the Eckert family were a part of the Bible Baptist Church in Ballincollig which has a strong close-knit community of around 120 people.

Pastor Ledbetter said that this is the worst tragedy that the family could experience, but that the family, who were returning to Cork at the weekend, had a lot of people helping them here in Ballincollig to come to terms with their grief and the tragedy that occurred while on holidays.

A Gofundme page has been set up by a friend of the family, Darren Lauser, who works with Andreas and Darlene in VMWare.

Over the past three days, almost €5,000 has been raised by shocked friends and family who have been posting on the page to commiserate with the Eckerts.

Emmy will be lying in repose at Crowley’s Funeral Home, Ballincollig on Sunday 18 August, from 4pm to 5.30pm, followed by a funeral service at 11am Monday at the Bible Baptist Activity Centre, Unit A, Innishmore Business Park, before being buried at St Oliver’s Cemetery.

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