Toddler dies after being found floating in NSW river
A toddler has died in hospital after falling from a boat and being found floating in a river north of Sydney.
NSW Police have confirmed an investigation has been launched into the incident after the girl, believed to be about three years old, was found today about 12.50pm in the water off Dangar Island, near Brooklyn.
The toddler was flown to Westmead Hospital in Sydney in a critical condition, but was pronounced dead after arrival.
A NSW Ambulance spokesman also told 9News paramedics were rushed to the scene following reports of a child missing in the water on the Hawkesbury River.
“Four crews and a Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter were tasked to the area around 12.50pm to assist Water Police in the operation,” a statement said.
“Officers from Marine Area Command recovered the child from the water south of Dangar Island.
“CPR was commenced and the girl was stabilised by paramedics at a nearby boat ramp.”
Sue Dorahy, NSW Ambulance acting zone manager for the Central Coast, told 9News paramedics who attended were met with "a chaotic scene".
"The child was not breathing. Our paramedics did an exceptional resuscitation effort on the child, worked extensively for a number of minutes and the helicopter arrived," she said.
"These scenes are always very, very confronting when it involves children and any water-based job that does involve a child is always very chaotic.
"Any emergency service that turns up to a scene like this – it's very high-stress and it is very high stress levels and it just goes to show the exceptional experience and skillset of our paramedics that they can switch on as fast as they did and treat the patient as quickly as they did.
"These jobs can be very, very emotional and we’ve all got children. The paramedics have got children and the paramedics have been in the job a long time."
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