Paramedics issue warning to parents following spate of near-drownings

Queensland paramedics are pleading with parents to remain vigilant this holiday season following a spate of near-drownings in recent days.

Since the weekend, emergency crews have responded to at least three cases of near-drowning incidents involving children under the age of five years.

The latest incident occurred overnight, with an infant pulled from a backyard pool in Mount Sheridan.


Queensland Ambulance said the child was rushed to Cairns Base Hospital conscious and breathing after a short immersion.

Cairns and Hinterland Assistant Commissioner Michelle Baxter said the holiday season was a time to celebrate with friends and family but recent callouts threatened the possibility of a devastating tragedy.

“Where water and children are concerned, accidents can happen in seconds but the impacts remain with us for a lifetime,” Ms Baxter said.

“As we become more active in and around water during the summer months, it is imperative that we ensure children are always supervised,” she said.

“Children are curious and adventurous little beings. If you have a backyard pool or other water body in or around your home, ensure access gates are closed and children are within reach and eye sight.

“Accompany them at the beach to ensure they can manage safely in what can be changing surf conditions.

“It is simple housekeeping that can ensure your household stays together,” she said.