A toddler has had a lucky escape after nearly drowning in a backyard pool on the northern Gold Coast overnight.
The young boy was pulled from the water at a home in Oxenford just before 7.00pm.
He was treated at the scene by critical care paramedics before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
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A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told myGC the toddler was transported in a stable condition.
It comes as alarming new research has revealed children under the age of five are most at risk of drowning in a backyard pool.
According to the data out today, 12 Aussie children under the age of five lost their lives in swimming pool drownings last year.
Swim Safety Ambassador Laurie Lawrence say’s parents need to make sure they’re regularly checking their pool fences and gates.
“It only takes a few minutes to make sure your pool area is safe and will do its job keeping little ones out,” Lawrence said.
“Check the fence, gate, latches, hinges, see that they’re in good working order.”