Girl's death at lake a tragic accident: Coroner

A CORONER has ruled a boat more than likely struck a child before she drowned in 2013 at Lake Dyer near Laidley.

The girl, 8, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, drowned on October 27, 2013 while picnicking with her family at a relative's birthday.

The girl was playing with inflatable water object with other children near the lake's boat ramp when the accident occurred.

Her parent's line of vision was obscured when a small tinnie pulled up at the ramp - shortly after they realised they could no longer see their daughter.

Despite a frantic search the girl's body was located submerged in 1.5m of water about 10m from where she was last seen near the boat ramp.

She was pronounced dead at Laidley Hospital two hours later.

An autopsy later revealed the girl died from anoxia due to fresh water drowning and she had also sustained a blow to the face causing minor trauma.

Coroner John Lock, in handing down his findings this month, recommended better signage at Lake Dyer making it clear swimming was prohibited in the area near the boat ramp.

But he found the girl's death was nothing more than a tragic accident.



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