Calls for fence after young girl nearly drowns

Just before 8pm on Tuesday, police were called to assist paramedics after a seven-year-old girl was pulled unconscious from the main canal.

The girl had been playing alongside the canal with her sister and her cousin, both 12, when she fell into the water.

The rest of her family, including a number of adults, had been playing volleyball nearby.

Knowing she could not swim, the girl’s sister and cousin both called for help.

By the time a family member jumped in and pulled her from the water, the girl had stopped breathing.

Her family immediately commenced CPR and were able to revive her.

Griffith Police Inspector Stuart Gair said the family was furious there was not a fence to prevent such incidents occurring.

Inspector Gair urged all parents to keep an eye on their children around water and to ensure their children were able to swim.

“Drowning is a constant danger and a risk when families undertake recreational activities near waterways,” Inspector Gair said.

“Incidents such as this can turn into fatalities in just second.

“CPR is a life skill that should be learnt by everyone because you never know when you will be called upon to use it.

“In this instance, CPR has prevented the certain death of a young girl.” 

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