A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl has died in Germany.
Emmy Sophia Eckert, who lived in Ballincollig, Cork with her parents and siblings, was visiting relatives in the German town of Dessau.
The schoolgirl was visiting a lake with her family when she vanished. A desperate search for Emmy began immediately, but the child's body was found in the water.
The tragic accident occurred on 8 August, and now her family are preparing to put her to rest in St Oliver’s Cemetery, Cork, this weekend.
The five-year-old was due to enter Senior Infants in September.
She is sadly missed by her family, which includes parents Andreas and Darlene, sisters Johannes and Paula, and brother Josef.
Now, a friend has set up a GoFundMe to help the family.
The fundraising page, titled “Help My Friend”, reads:
“Please help my friend.
When your five-year-old dies suddenly from an accident, it is hard enough without the stress of financial pressure. Please join me, and others of like precious faith, in bearing this burden.
If you know me, you know this is a sincere need and not a sham.”
At the time of writing, the fund has raised almost €8,500 of its €12,000 goal.
You can donate to the family of Emmy Sophia Eckert here.
Emmy is the second young Cork child to die in a drowning incident while abroad in the past week.
In Spain, a three-year-old boy from Mallow died after being found unconscious in a swimming pool in the villa where he was holidaying with his family.