Lifeguards performed first aid on a child after a boy was pulled from the water at the Bluewater Lagoon by fellow swimmers. Picture: Zizi Averill
Lifeguards performed first aid on a child after a boy was pulled from the water at the Bluewater Lagoon by fellow swimmers. Picture: Zizi Averill

Fellow swimmers rescue child from Bluewater Lagoon

LIFEGUARDS performed first aid on a child after a boy was pulled from the water at the Bluewater Lagoon by fellow swimmers.

The harrowing turn to the day at the pool was disclosed in the latest Mackay Regional Council meeting.

"A child was rescued from the pool by patrons, lifeguards assisted with first aid," the latest Organisational Services review said.

Director Kylie Lamb said the young boy was taken to hospital last month after he "swallowed a bit of water".

While concerning, she said his hospital trip was largely precautionary.

But Councillor Belinda Hassan said the close call was deeply concerning.

"Any incident involving a child in the pool could be life threatening," Cr Hassan said.

The harrowing turn to the day in the water was disclosed in the latest Mackay Regional Council meeting.
The harrowing turn to the day in the water was disclosed in the latest Mackay Regional Council meeting.

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The September near-drowning incident was not the only injury at a council pool in Mackay.

Two other members of the public were injured at council pools last month, with one person grazing their elbow after slipping and falling on steps and another slipped from a diving block and grazed their leg.

Safety at the Bluewater Lagoon has become a source of community frustration after the council replaced the popular kids' water slides with a splashpad.

Parents voiced their frustration at the lack of community consultation after the water attraction was removed. Picture: Tony Martin
Parents voiced their frustration at the lack of community consultation after the water attraction was removed. Picture: Tony Martin

Parents voiced their frustration at the lack of community consultation after the water attraction was removed.

In August Ms Lamb said the removal of the slide and play area would eliminate the risk of falls and increase visibility for parents supervising their children.

After months of waiting, the council unveiled the new water park on Friday, with the All Abilities Mackay group invited to be the first to try the new play equipment.

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