QAS issue stern warning after spate of near-drownings on the Gold Coast

Parents and carers are being urged to keep a closer eye on children in and around the water following a spate of near drowning incidents on the Gold Coast over the past few days.

According to the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), there have been a number of cases involving very young children and swimming pools, which has prompted them to issue the stern warning.

QAS Senior Operations Supervisor Justin Payne said many Queensland families were making use of pools during the recent hot weather, and it is crucial they take some simple safety measures to avoid drowning incidents.


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“Drowning is a significant risk, especially for small children. That is why it’s so important to ensure all children are constantly supervised in the water,” Justin said.

“Many people might think they would hear their child get into trouble in the backyard pool, however small children often make no sound at all when drowning.”

“It is a silent killer and can happen in seconds— it’s a heartbreaking experience for families.”

Mr Payne said that removing objects from around the pool would help reduce the risk of children climbing to reach the pool gate and that swimming lessons from an early age are highly recommended.

“Children can be very curious and can easily enter a fenced off pool if they see a way to climb in or get through a gate that’s propped open – so it’s vital parents move all climbable objects away from the pool fence and ensure the gate is always securely closed,” he said.

“As additional safeguards, CPR signage should be displayed in a prominent position near the backyard pool and the pool should be appropriately fenced in accordance with relevant pool safety laws.”

Justin also urged parents to be vigilant around resort and public pools which pose similar drowning risks especially when crowded.