BYSTANDERS have been praised for saving the life of a toddler who was pulled from a lake north of Sydney.
The 23-month-old boy almost drowned at Webbs Creek, near Wisemans Ferry, just after 11am on New Year’s Eve.
Onlookers pulled the little boy from the water and administered first aid which police say saved the child’s life.
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Paramedics were called and treated the toddler at the scene before he was airlifted to the Westmead Children’s Hospital where police say he is now in a stable condition.
Detective Chief Inspector Garry Sims praised the efforts of bystanders.
“We understand first aid was administered to the child as soon as he was pulled from the water,” Ch Insp Sims said.
“I believe the first aid skills of those nearby made a big difference to the outcome of today’s incident, and I commend these skills as something we all should learn.
“It does mean the difference between life and death.”
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.