Near drowning at Salt

A SIX-year-old boy who was found dead at the bottom of a Kingscliff resort pool was miraculously revived by off-duty medical workers yesterday.

The Victorian boy, who was holidaying with his parents and brother at Peppers Salt Resort and Spa, was dragged from the resort pool after being found clinically dead about 11.40am. Fortunately for the boy two doctors from Westmead Hospital in Sydney also happened to be staying at the resort and were in the vicinity of the pool at the time.

An off-duty paramedic was also in the area, and between the three medical workers the boy was revived before an ambulance arrived on the scene.

Paramedics from Kingscliff found the boy semi-conscious and crying and stabilised him before he was transported to The Tweed Hospital about 12.15pm.

The boy remained in hospital in a stable condition late yesterday.

"He was found submerged in the pool and was retrieved," Kingscliff paramedic Syd Francis said.

"When we got there he was semi-conscious and had a pulse but was in a critical condition. He was stabilised at the scene and rushed to The Tweed Hospital."

Police were called to the scene where they interviewed resort staff and witnesses.

"The boy is going to be fine, he was sitting up and talking," Senior Constable Paul Scollon said.

NSW Ambulance Service is now reminding people to be vigilant around water particularly when children are present.

Mr Francis said the incident highlighted the need for every adult, regardless of their profession, to undertake CPR training with an accredited agency.

"We've just got to stress the importance of it," he said. "If those paramedics weren't around it would have been up to someone else to revive him."

Peppers Salt Resort and Spa general manager Michael Moret-Lalli commended the quick response of the resort's guests and staff members.

"It's one of those unfortunate%incidents that happen," Mr Moret-Lalli said. "It is a large pool and a busy pool and there were a lot of people there. Thankfully there was some quick action by guests and staff and it looks like the young fella will be okay."



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