TWEED TRAGEDY - police at the scene of yesterdays drowning
TWEED TRAGEDY - police at the scene of yesterdays drowning

Toddler drowns while atttending day care

A NORTH Coast family is mourning the death of an 18-month-old boy who drowned yesterday while under the supervision of day care workers.

The young boy was in the care of Tweed Shire Family Day Care employees when the incident occurred at Tweed Heads South about 10.20am.

Police confirmed yesterday that three carers from the day care centre had taken a group of children to a playground on Russell Way.

It is not known how many children were with the group at the time.

The children were playing on the playground equipment, which lays just metres from a lake, under the watch of the carers, who soon noticed the boy was missing.

He was later found motionless in the lake and was pulled from the water by the day care workers, who tried to resuscitate him.

"It appears the child has wandered off from the group," Tweed Heads police officer Inspector Darren Steel said.

"He was noticed missing by the carers who have immediately commenced a search and he was found in a nearby pond.

"The carers have commenced resuscitation attempts and continued until the arrival of ambulance officers, who also commenced resuscitation at the scene."

A NSW ambulance spokesperson said later the boy was in cardiac arrest when he was found.

The toddler was rushed in a critical condition to The Tweed Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Insp Steel said the boy's parents had been notified soon after the incident, and that day care workers were assisting police with their inquiries.

Tweed Shire Family Day Care president Jo Goodwin yesterday issued a brief statement regarding the incident.

"A tragic incident happened in the care environment today that resulted in the death of a child," she said.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this terrible time."

The area where the boy was pulled from the water was yesterday secured by three uniformed police officers, including Insp Steel, as they waited for Forensic Services officers from Lismore to arrive.

"The coroner has been out and inspected the scene," Insp Steel said.

A nearby resident said she had seen a group of children playing at the playground, and the next thing she knew an ambulance had come racing down the street.

She was not aware the boy had died.

NSW Ambulance has since issued a warning to parents and carers to always remain vigilant when children are in the vicinity of water.


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