A FAMILY gathering turned to tragedy when a toddler drowned in front of her family and other parents and children at a public pool yesterday.
News.com.au report the three-year-old girl was found in the 25m lap pool of the Bethania Aquatic Centre just after 2pm – slipping away from her extended family and up to dozens of others who had gathered at the pool.
Lifeguards helped pull the girl unconscious from the water and desperately attempted to revive her before paramedics arrived.
She was rushed to Logan Hospital where she died.
Witnesses described seeing the girl playing with her family before watching on in horror as lifeguards pulled her from the water 10 minutes later.
“I saw her 10 minutes before … It happened very quickly,” witness Mandy Strong posted to Facebook.
“I just wish one of us that was there saw her jump in.
“I feel so sad for her and her family. They were playing with their kids the whole time.”
Logan Mayor Pam Parker said council would do what it could to support the family and staff at the pool.
“The family’s obviously traumatised, the lifeguards and the staff at the pool we’ve arranged counselling [for] because they’ve been traumatised by this as well,” she said.
Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic Philip Campbell said parents needed to watch their children diligently.
“It is the only way to prevent these unfortunate incidents from happening … supervise your kids and make sure you know where they are at all times,” he said.
Police from Logan’s Child Protection Investigation Unit were last night reviewing CCTV footage from the complex in order to determine the circumstances around what was described as a “terrible tragedy”.
We send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of this precious little angel.
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