Urgent warning following spate of near drownings in Qld

AUTHORITIES are pleading for Queenslanders to be extra vigilant in and around the water following a spate of near-drownings and fatalities across the state in recent days.

The warning comes following the deaths of a 31-year-old woman and 11-year-old boy in Brisbane this week.

The pair, who police say are Chinese Nationals, were pulled unconscious from a pool in Brendale on December 20 and have since sadly passed away.


A 7-year-old boy, who is also believed to have been an overseas tourist, had his life support turned off after coming into trouble while swimming in the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon on Saturday December 22.

In Surfers Paradise on Thursday December 27, paramedics were called to a residential pool following reports of a near-drowning.

One person was assessed for breathing difficulties before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Just a few hours earlier a child was rushed to the Queensland Children’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition after being pulled unconscious from a backyard pool at Jimboomba.

The hot weather is expected to continue well into next week, with holiday-makers urged to ensure children are supervised in the water at all times.