Toddler Revived at Avoca Beach

Surf lifesavers have successfully resuscitated a three year old girl at Avoca Beach on the Central Coast, on what was one of the busiest New Years Days across the state.

The child was playing outside the flagged area on the water’s edge with her Mum, who found her daughter floating face down in the water. The girl was conscious but her condition quickly deteriorated and nearby lifesavers were alerted.

The girl fell unconscious and stopped breathing as lifesavers arrived, who then commenced CPR and requested ambulance support. After 1 minute of CPR the child started breathing again.

Surf Life Saving Patrol Member, Stuart Harvey, says the situation was very scary but the great teamwork, training and the immediate response of lifesavers saved the child's life.

New Years Day overall saw near-record crowds and high activity across the state with 305 rescues made by volunteer lifesavers.

SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey, has praised the efforts of the states volunteer lifesavers and reminds beachgoers how important it is to swim at patrolled locations where lifesavers are on duty.

"The great effort at Avoca Beach is just one example of the exceptional skills and capabilities of the states 21,000 lifesavers across 150 clubs and services", said Storey.

For patrolled locations and other beach safety advice, please visit beachsafe.org.au or download the free iPhone app.

Thu 3 Jan 2013