Near-drowning raglan: the brave battle of a 2-year-old after the pool incident


The boy was taken to hospital in critical condition. Photo / 123RF

A 2-year-old is now in stable condition after being involved in a “water incident” in Raglan, one of seven serious events in just three days.

Initially, the child was registered in critical condition in the hospital. But officials at Waikato DHB confirmed on Monday afternoon that the child is now stable.

The Herald understands that the boy struggled in a swimming pool at a property on Maungatawhiri Rd at around 7 p.m. yesterday.

Police and firefighters returned the Herald to St John for comment, which confirmed it had transported a critically ill patient to Waikato hospital after a “water incident”.

Waikato DHB has been contacted for comment on the toddler’s status today.

The incident is now one of seven serious incidents – including four on Boxing Day – that spanned the length of the country and left six people dead.

A man died Friday morning following a water-related incident in Cape Palliser, south of Wairarapa.

On Christmas Day, a man – believed to be a diver – died in a “water incident” at Great Barrier Island. Police said the incident was reported shortly before 6 p.m.

The body of a missing fisherman was discovered south of Kennedy Bay near Whangapoua by a Coast Guard fixed-wing aircraft around 5:40 p.m. on Christmas Day.

The man in his 50s was reported missing after leaving in his boat from the Whangapoua boat launch around 9 a.m. on Friday and did not return.

A woman died Sunday following a water-related incident, this time at Waikanae Beach, Kapiti. The incident was reported to the emergency services around 1:30 p.m.

Also on Boxing Day, a man died at Karioitahi Beach, southwest of Auckland, after an incident shortly after 2 p.m.

On Sunday afternoon, police also confirmed that one person died at Waiwera Beach just after 4 p.m.

A second person was taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

Meanwhile, Water Safety New Zealand chief executive Daniel Gerrard reminds Kiwis to stay safe this summer as they hit beaches, lakes and rivers this holiday season to cool off in the heat. torrid.

“This is the time of year and unfortunately we are seeing an increase in the number of preventable drownings. These losses are tragedies, we just have to keep educating people, ”he said.

“While we want everyone to enjoy the summer vacation, there has been an average of five preventable drowning deaths in the past five summer vacation periods … It’s about being prepared. We need to know what our own limits are.

“We want people to come out, but also everyone to come home.

“WSNZ wants zero drowning deaths during this holiday period and we need everyone to take personal responsibility for their own safety and that of their loved ones if we are to prevent drowning this summer.”

WSNZ drowning statistics show that the high risk groups are: males; adults canoeing; young people swim; and Asians, Maoris and Pasifikas fishing.

On a per capita basis, New Zealand’s preventable fatal drowning rate is 1.62 per 100,000.

In addition to the Christmas Eve incidents, three bodies were recovered from Wellington water in three incidents last week, while two others struggled in Canterbury.

One was that of 23-year-old Jack Skellett, who did not return home after a kayaking excursion that started in Petone on Monday.

Gerrard said drowning in New Zealand was the leading cause of recreational death and the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among people under 25.

“Too many lives are needlessly lost and families devastated. It doesn’t have to be this way.

“Be prepared, know the risks and your limits, and be careful of yourself and others.”

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