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Boy, 2, dies in dam tragedy

A GYMPIE family is trying to come to terms with the tragic drowning of a two-year-old boy on a Western Downs property at the weekend.

The boy's uncle Josh Sauer spoke to The Toowoomba Chronicle on behalf of his nephew's shattered family yesterday.

He said the Gympie toddler was on a family visit at a property at Wychie, between Jandowae and Chinchilla, when the incident occurred about 11.15am on Saturday.

He said the boy was found in a dam by family members and friends who immediately began CPR.

"We are not sure how he got out," Mr Sauer said.

"That's the part that hurts the most."

An RACQ CareFlight spokeswoman said people at the property, Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics and a CareFlight paramedic performed CPR on the boy for more than two hours.

He was then flown to Toowoomba Hospital in a critical condition.

The boy was still in a critical condition when he was flown from Toowoomba to the Mater Children's Hospital in Brisbane, about 7.30pm on Saturday.

Mr Sauer said his family was faced with the heartbreaking decision to ask doctors to turn off the boy's life support system on Sunday night.

He said the boy's family wanted other parents to know just how quickly tragedy could occur.

"Be mindful.

"Nothing has been done wrong here. It is a hard accident to deal with.

"It can happen to anybody."

Mr Sauer said the family wanted to thank everyone involved in his nephew's care.

"Words don't describe it."

He said it was likely his nephew would be laid to rest next week.

Police confirmed a report was being prepared for the coroner.

Gympie Times


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