Paramedics issue stern warning after horror month of near-drownings

Queensland Ambulance have issued a warning to beachgoers and swimmers, after a spate of near-drowning incidents across the state.

Since December 1, paramedics have been called out to 65 incidents, with more than half of those involving children under the age of 12.

Just this week on the Gold Coast, a three-year-old girl nearly drowned at a pool in Main Beach.


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While last night, paramedics rushed to Southbank beach in Brisbane where a little girl was in a serious condition.

Critical care paramedics were thankfully able to stabilise her before rushing her to hospital for treatment.

Tash Adams from Queensland Ambulance is urging everyone to be safe around the water, especially at this busy time of year.

“We spend a lot of our time especially during the holidays, at our pools, in lakes and in the ocean.

“What’s really important is that we need to supervise people around these places, and not substitute anything for supervision.

“Over the last couple of days, there’s been several children that have been pulled out of pools that have required CPR by bystanders and by QAS.

“And it’s really important to understand that drowning can happed suddenly, and it can happen silently.

“We need to ensure that our pool gates are closed, and that our children are really well supervised by someone who’s constantly looking after them.

“If your child is under five years old, make sure they’re always within arms reach,” Ms Adams said.