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1. A toddler has drowned in a backyard spa in Darwin.
At 12:50pm on Saturday, emergency services were urgently called to the home, with St John Ambulance crews arriving shortly after.
Police stated family members had already made a number of attempts to resuscitate the little boy, however, the boy was found dead at the scene.
Territory Duty Superintendent, Louise Jorgensen, has described the events as “tragic”.
“This is a tragic situation and a report is being prepared for the coroner.”
Further details surrounding the child’s death have still not been released, however police have confirmed they are investigating the circumstances that caused the child to drown.
The Royal Life Saving Society’s annual 2015 report on drowning found a 30 per cent increased in the number of young children who had died due to drowning.
Amy Peden, the society national manager of research and policy, reported the most at-risk age of drowning was children under five.
“Children under five are actually the age group that is most at risk of drowning and the majority occur in and around the home – commonly in home swimming pools.”
Adults and parents are urgently reminded that supervision of children around water is a necessary, ensuring their access to the water is restricted, there is appropriate fencing, and children are trained in swimming.