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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

UPDATE: Girl dies in swimming tragedy

In tragic circumstances, a teenager has died in hospital after being pulled unconscious from a public pool in the Hunter this afternoon.

About 3.30pm on Friday 15 January, emergency services were called to an aquatic centre on Les Darcy Drive, Maitland, following reports a youngster was in trouble in the water.

A 13-year-old girl, yet to be formally identified, was extracted from the water and lifeguards started CPR.

NSW Ambulance paramedics attended and continued CPR before transferring her to John Hunter Hospital, however, she later died.

“We were saddened to receive confirmation from the police that a 13-year-old girl has passed away following an incident at Maitland Aquatic Centre,” a Maitland City Council spokesperson said.

“Clearly the situation is highly-distressing for both the family and the staff that were involved, and we will be doing everything we can to support them through this difficult time.

“Council will issue further statements at the appropriate time and as official information becomes available.”

Officers attached to Port Stephen-Hunter Police District attended the scene and have begun inquiries.

A report will be provided for the information of the coroner.

EARLIER:

Maitland City Council has verified a distressing “incident” took place at the Maitland Aquatic Centre this afternoon.

It is believed a girl, aged 13, was pulled unconscious from a pool about 3.30pm on Friday 15 January.

While there have been differing reports in the media about her welfare, the Newcastle Weekly understands the youngster is in a critical condition in John Hunter Hospital.

Lifeguards and paramedics worked hard to revive her.

“We can confirm an incident occurred at the Maitland Aquatic Centre,” a council spokesperson said.

“Emergency services were called to the site in response to it.

“We will share more information as soon as it becomes available.”

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