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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Family and friends say 'goodnight' to holiday drowning victim Emmy (5)

Emmy Sophia Eckert
Emmy Sophia Eckert

A five-year-old girl from Cork who drowned in a lake in Germany has been hailed as a "precious gift" to her family.

The funeral of Emmy Sophia Eckert took place in Ballincollig as her parents, Andreas and Darlene Eckert, said they were totally overwhelmed by the support shown to them since the tragedy.

Ballincollig Baptist Bible Centre hosted Emmy's funeral service as hundreds gathered to show their support for her family.

Cork was shocked when two local children died in overseas drowning tragedies in the space of a week.

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Four days after Emmy's death, Avery James Greene (3), from Mallow, died after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool in the Costa Blanca resort of Cabo Roig.

Emmy was on holiday in Germany with her parents and her siblings, Johannes, Paula and Josef, when the tragedy happened at a lakeside resort outside Dessau on August 8.

She was due to return to Scoil Mhuire in Ballincollig in just over a week.

Mourners included families whose children attend the school as well as workmates of her parents at VMWare in Cork.

Baptist Bible Centre pastor Craig Ledbetter said the local community had shown "tremendous love, kindness and compassion" to the family.

"They need it at this difficult time," he said.

Emmy’s parents and siblings at her funeral service in Cork
Emmy’s parents and siblings at her funeral service in Cork

The pastor said Emmy loved her family, her friends and her classmates.

"She was full of fun and she loved life," he added.

"But Emmy has not missed life. She has simply skipped this world. God will wipe away all tears.

"This funeral is not a goodbye for ever funeral.

"Because of the Lord Jesus, we are not saying goodbye to Emmy, but goodnight. We believe we will see Emmy again."

A video and photo montage of some of the special moments in Emmy's life were shown on a large screen to mourners as her parents fought back tears.

"Goodnight Emmy - we will see you in the morning," the tribute said.

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