Backyard pool death toll rises as drowned toddler discovered at the weekend

How to keep your family safe from deadly accidents.

Doctors were unable to revive a 14-month-old girl who was found unconscious in a backyard pool at Medowie, on NSW mid north coast on Sunday.


She was found by a relative in the family’s backyard swimming pool in the early afternoon, reports Daily Mail.


Family and Police attempted CPR but were unable to revive the toddler, who was declared dead at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital shortly after.


Toddler deaths from drowning in Australia:


  • An average of 30 children per year aged between zero and four die from drowning, more than half of those in swimming pools, according to the Royal Life Saving annual report.
  • 81% of toddler deaths from drowning occur from falling into water.
  • In a third of these cases, the children were left unsupervised for as little as 5 minutes.


Keep your little ones safe this summer:


  • When near water with small children, make sure they’re within arm’s reach of a supervising adult at all times.
  • Restrict access to pools with a fence and gate that automatically latches. Never allow the gate to be propped open.
  • Teach children how to swim and about water safety as early as possible.
  • Learn proper rescusitation skills through a CPR course and be familiar with rescusitation techniques for different ages of children.

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