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Child dies in drowning incident at Lake Macquarie


The Hunter has lost another life to drowning, after a six-year-old boy was found unresponsive in a pool at Lake Macquarie on Thursday afternoon.

The discovery came after police were called to a street in Teralba about 3.15pm on 11 January following reports the youngster was missing.

Lake Macquarie officers conducted a search of the area and located a child unresponsive in the pool of a nearby property. 

They began CPR before the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics however, the boy was unable to be revived. 

While the child is yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be the missing six-year-old boy. 

A crime scene has been established and police will begin inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident. 

A report will also be prepared for the Coroner. 

The tragedy is the fifth drowning in the Hunter region in 12 weeks.

The incident follows a fatality in Port Stephens on Wednesday 27 December where four people were pulled from the water after swimming at an unpatrolled beach near Stockton.

Despite desperate attempts from bystanders, a 33-year-old man was unable to be revived.

Sadly, the incident was less than 10 days after a drowning at Birubi Beach on Saturday 16 December.

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