Nelani Koefer's family speak about inquest

VIDEO: Witness says no warning signs seen until after death

THE mother and grandmother of a four-year-old girl who drowned at Bedford Weir in 2008 spoke with the media outside Rockhampton courthouse this morning.

Amy, Nelani's mother, and Debbie, Nelani's grandmother, shared their thoughts on what they thought on the information presented in a coronial inquest into Nelani's death.

Nelani drowned in the Mackenize River after a section of an inflatable storage barrier at the Bedford Weir ruptured on November 20, 2008.

The inquest started yesterday.

The inquest this morning heard from witness Scott Becker via phone.

He was at the dam on the day and heard and saw the bag deflate and saw the water overflow.

He said in his statement he heard a 'shotgun blast sound' and saw the bag deflate within seconds.

Sunwater's defence then asked him if he had seen the warning signs not to swim in the channel.

The team also asked today's first witness if it wasn't 'common sense' not to swim there.

Mr Becker said he never saw warning signs in the area until after the death.

He told the inquest he had been swimming in the area for three months beforehand.

He said there was only 30cm of water where they were and wasn't concerned when swimming.

The inquest is now hearing from another witness, former Queensland Rubber employee Bruce Cage.

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