Toddler death investigated
THE circumstances surrounding the drowning of a toddler at Mylestom on Thursday afternoon are being still investigated prior to police handing a brief to the coroner.
Staff at the Bellingen Shire Council have expressed their shock and sadness at the drowning death.
Council’s manager of governance and organisational development, Ray Fairweather, said council would wait until the finalisation of the police report into the tragic incident before deciding if any more safety measures were needed at the pool.
“That may take a couple of weeks,” Mr Fairweather said.
Police yesterday said the 18-month-old baby boy, his parents and two siblings were visiting Mylestom from Hallidays Point near Taree.
According to police, the boy’s parents said they were momentarily distracted by their other children when around 2.30pm, the toddler fell into the river from a landing off the boardwalk at the southern end of the tidal pool.
At the time the tide was full.
Police said the boy’s father dived in immediately but because the river was swollen and dirty after recent rains it was about five minutes before he found his son submerged just outside the tidal pool.
Despite the best efforts of the man, bystanders and later ambulance paramedics, the child could not be revived.