Brit girl killed instantly by propellers of speedboat driven by ‘police officer’
A seven-year-old British has been tragically killed after she was hit by the propellers of a speedboat allegedly being driven by a police officer.
Jonada Avdia was playing in a part of the ocean dedicated to swimmers when a boat drove through the ‘safe’ area, hitting her.
Born in the UK, Jonada was holidaying with her parents in Potam beach, in the south of Albania.
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At around 2pm on Tuesday she was struck by the boat, allegedly being driven by off-duty police officer Arjan Tase.
Jonada lived with her parents in Barking, east London. Her father Bledar Avdia who saw the horrifying incident take place, said: "I should have died and not Jonada."
Tase, an officer in the city of Elbasan has since been arrested. He is said to have been making a five-mile journey to Potam from Porto Palermo with members of his own family on board.
Witnesses say he dropped his family off and then put the boat back in the water where he began to pull some “dangerous manoeuvres”.
He allegedly drove the boat into the clearly marked off area, which had buoys around it to show the space dedicated to swimmers. Jonada is understood to have been 15ft out from the shore when she was killed.
A spokesperson for the police said that the spinning propellers, which made contact with Jonada, “caused serious injuries that led to immediate loss of life.”
Following his arrest, Tase is being investigated on suspicion of negligent homicide. He is expected to appear in court today, in Vlora.
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The horrific death has struck a note of fury with citizens in Albania, with protestors since clashing with police in the capital Tirana.
Meanwhile, flowers have been placed at the beach and outside of the Prime Minister’s office.
The protestors have pinned the blame for Jonada’s death on the state, calling on the minister of the interior, the chief of police and the minister of tourism to resign.
Jonada’s death is the third time a similar situation has happened in the country in the summer of 2022 alone.
On Jale beach, a couple were injured by a speedboat in July and a two-year-old was hurt two days later.
Politically, the leaders in the spotlight have begun to turn on each other. According to the Mail, tourism minister Mirela Kumbaro has been outspoken in her opinion that Jonada’s death is the fault of both Tase and the head of police.
“An angel is no longer among us because of the stupidity of a man who broke every law, every rule and every norm with tragically irreversible consequences,” she said, speaking toAlbanian Daily News .
“With awareness that there are no words to serve as a consolation for the parents, the family for the tragedy they suffered, the request goes to justice to do its job, without compromise, with maximum punishment for anyone who breaks the law.
“The request goes to the state police as well, to each of its employees in the territory, to be at the level of vigilance and punishment that the uniform imposes on them.”
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