Holiday tragedy as father, son drown at popular Qld lagoon

A father and his five-year-old son have sadly died after coming into trouble at a popular swimming spot at Airlie Beach on Queensland’s Whitsunday coast.

The pair, who police say were overseas tourists, were pulled unconscious from the Airlie Beach Lagoon just after 4.00pm on Sunday.

They were rushed to nearby Proserpine Hospital in a critical condition, but sadly could not be saved and died a short time later.


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It’s not yet known exactly how the child and man, understood to be aged in his early 30s, came into trouble in the water.

The Airlie Beach Lagoon is a man-made swimming area popular with both visitors and locals.

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox expressed his sympathy to the victims family in a statement on Monday.

“The hearts and prayers of the Whitsunday community are with the family of the father and his son during this incredibly difficult time,” Mayor Willcox said.

“I would also like to personally praise the efforts of all who assisted during the rescue and resuscitation attempts.

“Obviously it was extremely distressing for everyone involved and council will offer, or put people in touch with, support services for counselling.”

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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