Two children, 4 and 8, drown in separate incidents at local pool, private dam

TWO young children under the age of 10 have died after drowning in separate incidents over the weekend.

The first tragedy occurred on a private property in northern Queensland on Saturday morning.

Police said an eight-year-old child was found floating in a dam on the property southwest of Townsville.


Attempts to resuscitate the child, believed to be a boy, were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident happened in the small community of Breddan, just outside of Charters Towers.

In the 2011 census, the locality had a population of 388 people.

The Townsville Criminal Investigation Branch is investigating the incident and will prepare a report for the Coroner.

The second fatal incident happened at a public swimming pool in country NSW on Saturday afternoon.

Police said a four-year-old girl was found motionless in a pool at an aquatic centre in Orange around 3.35pm.

Witnesses watched on in horror as lifeguards and family members tried desperately to revive the girl at the scene.

The child was rushed by ambulance to Orange Base Hospital where sadly, she was pronounced deceased on arrival.

Police from Canobolas Local Area Command are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Investigators have spoken with numerous witnesses and have reviewed CCTV footage of the incident.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken with police are urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

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