Bunbury drowning a tragic reminder for all in WA

27 July 2016

Royal Life Saving Society WA is reminding all parents about the importance of ensuring all children learn to Swim and Survive, following the tragic death of a six year old boy in Bunbury at the weekend.

Police say the boy had climbed a fence to get into the neighbour’s backyard in College Grove, to retrieve a ball around 4.30 on Saturday afternoon. His mother later found him in the pool.

Emergency services attended the house, but sadly the boy could not be resuscitated.

Royal Life Saving Society WA CEO Peter Leaversuch says “this tragic incident is a reminder of how important it is to ensure all children have access to Swim and Survive lessons. Basic swimming and survival skills can make a life saving difference. We extend our sincerest sympathy to the family involved.”

Mr Leaversuch is also reminding all Western Australians to keep water safety at the forefront throughout the year. “Many people are surprised to realise that just over half of all WA’s drowning deaths occur in the autumn and winter months, when the weather is cooler. We must be vigilant about water safety year round; ensuring that pool fences are properly maintained and children continue their water safety education.”

For more advice on winter water safety visit our Your Safety pages.