The mother of a four-year-old girl who drowned in a crowded public pool wants to ensure no other families suffer the same tragic heartache.
She has also rushed to the defence of lifeguards saying “no one is to blame” for the freak accident.
Mia Harrison slipped below the water’s surface in the children’s pool at Orange Aquatic Centre in Central West NSW on Saturday afternoon, shares 7 news.
Her heartbroken mother Mekaela, who was holding another friend’s baby at the time, said she still doesn’t know if she slipped or was knocked over.
“We don’t know exactly what happened, that is the horror of it,” she told the Daily Telegraph.
The grieving NSW mother said lifeguards did everything they could to save her baby girl.
“I’m aware a lot of people have said the lifeguards are to blame but that is not the case at all, I can’t thank them enough,” Ms Harrison said.
“It was not their fault. They are not babysitters…they probably feel as terrible as I do.”
Ms Harrison is determined to use her tragedy to ensure other families don’t lose a child in similar circumstances.
“If I can save one other child by telling parents not to take your eyes off them for one second, and teach them to swim as soon as you can, when they are babies — if I can stop this from happening for anyone else, that’s one tiny thing I can take from this.”
Children can drown in just a few seconds.
It is best to carefully watch your children at all times around water with no distractions diverting your attention.
Our thoughts are with the family at this tragic time.
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