Witnesses tried to revive tiny drowning victim

WHAT started as a normal day out at Leslie Dam has ended in tragedy after a six-year-old girl drowned in front of family Saturday night.

Emergency services attended the scene about 7pm when the girl was pulled from the water by witnesses - who worked frantically to revive her.

Police escorted the ambulance back to the Warwick Hospital, but it was too late to save her.

She was pronounced dead 40 minutes later.

Warwick Police officer-in-charge of child protection and investigation unit Detective Sergeant Julie Hauff said the incident wasn't being treated as suspicious.

"At this stage it appears the girl was playing on the edge of the water and slipped in - it's just a terrible tragedy," she said.

The Filipino community of Warwick is coming together to support the girl's mourning family, who are understood to have emigrated from the Philippines just a few years ago.

A friend of the family told the Daily News they were "lovely people".

"The whole Filipino community is so devastated," she said.

"I've been to their house this morning (Sunday) - I feel for the parents. It's very hard at the moment."

Tributes for the little girl have flowed, with with the community struggling to come to terms with the tragic event.

The tragedy is believed to have unfolded in front of family, including the girl's 10-year-old sister.

A witness from a nearby tourist park, who was one of the first on the scene, was notified by a frantic phone call from a member of the public.

He told said his mind jumped straight to his own child, who was down at the dam at the time.

"I just jumped straight on the phone to 000 and raced down to the dam," he said.

"By the time I got there a guy was already giving her CPR. I tried to tilt her head back and get her airways clear."

Witnesses worked on the girl for 15 minutes before police and ambulances crews arrived on the scene and took over.

"I tried to help console the mother," the witness said.



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