Mum takes to Facebook to share urgent warning after her son nearly drowned using an inflatable pool lounge.

QLD Mum, Shae Marr, wrote on Facebook warning parents to TAKE INFLATABLES OUT OF THE POOL WHEN KIDS ARE SWIMMING!!

Shae wrote, “Yesterday was the worst day of my life as I took my 3 year old son to hospital in an ambulance after drowning in a backyard pool.

“He was swimming, he had just recently learnt to swim without a vest and was having a great time.

“Then one of those inflatable lounges went over him and he wasn’t strong enough to be able to keep himself up. He was only under for a second or 2 but must have gone under when he had no air in his lungs and took a breath under water. 1 second was all it took.

“Fabian was in the water and saw him, got to him and pulled him out of the water. He vomited some water and within seconds lost consciousness and started frothing at the mouth.

“His lungs were full of water, he couldn’t breathe and went completely purple. Fabian did CPR and saved his life just in time with the help of his dad, Mick. He opened his eyes but was lethargic and struggling to remain conscious.

“The lack of oxygen caused metabolic acidosis, his lungs still had water in them, he was on high flow oxygen and he started getting a temperature.

“They were preparing to fly him to Brisbane but he thankfully started improving. His oxygen saturation levels were rising and stabilising and his acidosis was improving.

“They decided the improvement allowed him to go to Rockhampton hospital instead. Their biggest worry then was secondary drowning and pneumonia.

“By some miracle he woke this morning 100% himself and the doctors were happy for him to go home.

“It took a second, under supervision, for me to almost lose my son.

“I never thought it would happen to me, no one ever does.

“I’m one of the lucky ones but not everyone is so lucky. I owe everything to Fabian and Mick for saving Costa’s life.

“I am hoping this will stick with at least one person and save a life so feel free to share.”

Her post has been shared over 1000 times and received hundreds of comments from concerned parents.

Last year we shared a Warning over the dangers of air lounges following two separate viral posts of near drownings. Read more HERE.

Share your comments below

  • Anything can happy in the blink of an eye. vigilance!


  • oh geez how scary! Glad they are ok!


  • How scary! It makes me nervous when kids are in the water. Full supervision and within arms reach is always best at such a young age. Glad this was a happy ending!


  • So scary !! Thank God he is ok !


  • That sounds terrifying! Things like this can happen so quickly, Glad he will be ok.


  • Thank goodness he’s ok, what a horrible experience but hopefully sharing it saves someone else going through it.


  • I’m very pleased to hear the little boy’s Mum was supervising him, obviously with no distractions.
    I hope his Mum was in the water with him. Every second counts.
    I hope he makes a speedy recovery. You can easily miss the symptoms of secondary drowning.
    It is always advisable to go to hospital if there is any risk of water being inhaled.


  • Oh, it can really happen so quick. I’m glad the little child is all right.


  • Poor baby. It can just happen so quickly.


  • This would have been very scary. It’s a good warning to other parents.


  • This is just terrible. Pool inflatables is one thing people gravitate toward as it heats up and summer/ Christmas approaches


  • Children drowning us unbelievably fast and incredibly quiet. Which is why adult supervision is a must when kids are around water

    • Spot on supervision is crucial – it takes such a small amount of time for tragedy to happen. :(


  • So lucky. Glad he is on the mend


  • Glad the little one is ok.


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