Toddler drowns in home pool

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY A TWO-year-old girl drowned after authorities were unable to resuscitate her at a residential North Rockhampton pool.

The girl had been playing by the pool at a Nobb Street address when she was discovered in the pool.

Queensland police were the first at the scene on Wednesday and tried to resuscitate her.

Paramedics took her to Rockhampton Hospital in critical condition, but hospital staff were unable to save her.

"Hospital staff worked on her there,'' said Detective Sergeant Carl Burgoyne from the Juvenile Aid Bureau.

Police were not conducting a criminal investigation into the incident, he said.

"She appeared to have been supervised, but not adequately. "It is not being treated as suspicious,'' he said.

He also warned Rockhampton people that during summer months parents needed to take precautions to ensure children were safe.

"There is an increase in cases as kids start swimming,'' he said.

"We stress parents should supervise kids when they are around the pool.''

And pool owners should ensure they have a standard child-proof fence surrounding any pool.

"Pool owners should have a resuscitation table near the pool as well,'' he said.

According to the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit, based at Brisbane's Mater Children's Hospital, pool drownings are the major killer of toddlers aged between one and five.

The lastest statistics ? for 2002 ? showed that 11 children died from drowning.



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