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A child is dead after drowning in a backyard pool in northern NSW. Image by Brendan Esposito/AAP PHOTOS
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Two-year-old girl drowns in backyard pool

Samantha Lock December 28, 2023

A two-year-old girl has died after she was found unconscious in a backyard pool in northern NSW. 

Emergency services were called to a home 25km north of Lismore about 2.20pm on Wednesday and found family members performing CPR on the child.

Officers arrived at the Whian Whian property to render assistance until paramedics took over, NSW Police said in a statement on Thursday.

The girl was taken to Lismore Base Hospital but was unable to be revived.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

According to an official toll collated by Royal Lifesaving Australia, as of Thursday evening some 30 people had drowned across the nation since December 1.

That’s six more than at the same time last year and more than the five-year average.

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 A man drowned after he was believed to have fallen from a paddleboard at Penrith Beach in Sydney. Image by Dan Himbrechts/AAP PHOTOS 

Late on Thursday, the body of a kayaker was recovered off a beach at Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

There have been five drownings in NSW since Christmas alone.

They include a man in his 30s who is believed to have fallen from a paddleboard at Sydney’s newly opened Penrith Beach on Boxing Day and failed to resurface.

Two men died in separate incidents on NSW Central Coast beaches on Christmas Day.

A 33-year-old man died on Wednesday after he was pulled from the surf with three other troubled swimmers at Stockton Beach near Newcastle.

Meanwhile, grave fears are held for a 19-year-old man swept out to sea while rescuing a family member on the NSW far south coast on Boxing Day.

Stormwaters also claimed several lives in Queensland, including that of a nine-year-old girl whose body was recovered on Tuesday.

Several other people died after their boat capsized in Moreton Bay on Tuesday afternoon.