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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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  • no that is really sad but i agree, don’t take your eyes off your kid! things happen too quickly

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  • How horrible.
    Please never take your eyes of your littleones around water even if you ‘ think’ there are others watching your child. No one is going to watch as closely as you.

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  • Pools can be so dangerous, this poor family, such a terrible tragedy.

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  • Precious little darling and poor parents. My Heartfelt preys go out to the family.

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  • Sometimes too many people can be a danger – everyone thinks someone sle is watching. Condolences.

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  • Little ones can be so slippery at times. You need to have eyes in the back of your head.
    A very sad story x

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  • So sad! It happened so fast. Still too many tragedies happen in the water!! :-(

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  • How awfully sad, water is such a scary place with little children, it is so horrid that it can happen so quickly.

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  • So very sad for this little girl and her family. Drowning can happen so very quickly and quietly.

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  • So very very sad. The parents will never forgive them selves.

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  • What a terrible thing to happen. 100% supervisions is essential for children – even competent swimmers, to help prevent these kinds of utterly preventable tragedies.

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  • Lke kw

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  • If a pool is crowded it is pretty difficult for Lifeguards to watch everyone. They normally walk up and down the side of the pool and she couild have slipped under when the lifeguard was at the other end of the pool with his/her back that way. Maybe the parent the child was with was doing what comes naturally, watching other family members swimming/playing in the pool. Little ones are so quick when they move they can be next to you one second and gone the next. As much as she hated it, we used to make our little girl sit on our lap or stay in the stroller. My condolences to the family. I hope they receive all the counselling the need, also others who witnessed this tragedy.

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  • What a tragedy for the family and everyone involved. It just goes to show you have to watch children every second when they are in the pool. So sorry for her family.

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  • How absolutley horrendous. The lifegaurds will never forgive themselves, and the family will have to live with this forever. Just horrible.

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