WATER SAFETY URGED
IN THE wake of the tragic drowning death of a Mount Perry toddler, emergency services personnel have issued a reminder about safety in and around water.
Queensland Ambulance Service Wide Bay chief superintendent Russell Cooke said it was important to always be mindful and supervise children around water.
“Accidents can happen in seconds but stay with us for a lifetime,” Mr Cooke said.
“Children are adventurous by nature and will find ways to open gates or venture into areas unknowingly dangerous to them.
“Be conscious of this at home, but also if you’re visiting a new location that is on or near water.”
Mr Cooke said it’s not always the obvious hazards such as pools and natural water bodies.
“Children can find themselves in trouble even while playing in buckets or in the bath,” he said.
According to figures released in the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report for 2016, 280 people drowned in Australian waterways with 14% of those from falls into bodies of water.
Those figures were a 5% increase on the number of cases for the previous year but also show a reduction of deaths over a 10 year period.
Of the 280 recorded drowning deaths 75 occurred
in inland waterways such as streams, creeks and dams.
Inland waterways continue to be the leading locations for drowning deaths in Australia.
Royal Life Saving chief executive officer Justin Scarr said that it had been a tragic summer which had more than 70 people drown in Australian waterways.
“It’s important that all Australian have the skills to prevent drowning, avoid hazards, swim to safety and make safer choices about life jackets, rescue techniques and places to swim,” Mr Scarr said.
SAFETY REMINDER: QAS chief superintendent Russell Cooke has urged safety around bodies of water.