Casino community reeling after teen's fatal late night swim
THE Casino community is reeling from the tragic death of a young woman after an accident at Casino Memorial Pool late on Saturday night.
Christina Knox, 19, was knocked unconscious after diving into the shallow end of the pool about 11pm, police said.
The former Casino High School student's friends immediately called emergency services and gave her first aid before paramedics took her to Lismore Base Hospital in a critical condition, police said.
After being placed on life support, Ms Knox died in hospital a few hours later.
Police are still investigating how the young woman and two of her friends broke into the pool, hours after the pool had closed for the day.
They said it was not clear whether the trio had been drinking before the tragic incident.
Inspector Mick Dempsey of Richmond Local Area Command said under the circumstances it was unlikely that the two friends would be charged for breaking into the pool with Ms Knox
Since the tragic death, Ms Knox's Facebook page has been flooded with tributes to the outgoing young woman who many have noted they will remember for her "big smile".
Richmond Valley Council has expressed its sympathies following the death, with the council's general manager, John Walker, stating that "the death appears to have been just a tragic accident".
Mr Walker added that the pool fence and gates were fully compliant for safety and also had three rows of barbed wire above the fence to act as a further deterrent.
The fence and gates were regularly inspected for compliance, he said, while night lighting at the pool was working and signs warning of the pool depth and no diving were in place at the time.