Pool tragedy averted as mother revives baby daughter in Gwandalan

A 15-month-old child has been revived by her mother after almost drowning at a home in Gwandalan yesterday, NSW Police say.

The woman found her baby daughter face down in the backyard pool about 5pm (Tuesday 18 December 2018).

She pulled the girl from the pool and began CPR until the child began to breathe on her own.

Paramedics and officers from Tuggerah Lakes Police District were called to the home and the child was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition; police have been told she is expected to make a full recovery.

With holidays approaching, police are urging the public to be vigilant while children are swimming at home pools.

Tuggerah Lakes Police District’s Acting Inspector Shannon White, said it was an unfortunate but timely reminder of the need for close supervision of children around backyard pools.

“This incident could have turned out very differently,” Insp White said.

“Thanks to the quick actions and first-aid skills of the mother, another tragic drowning has been averted.

“With school holidays almost upon us, this is a very timely reminder that adult supervision of children, and knowing how to perform CPR, are key skills to avoiding drowning deaths,” A/Insp White said.

More information about water safety in NSW is available at www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au

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