Ambulance crew rushed to the scene after a child was injured in a water incident in Panmure. Photo / NZME
A 6 year old boy has been taken to Starship Hospital in serious condition after a water accident in the Auckland suburb of Panmure.
St John said the boy was taken from Lagoon Drive by ambulance to the hospital at around 3:35 p.m.
He is in stable condition this afternoon, said a spokesman for the Auckland District Health Council.
The Herald understands the incidents that took place at the Lagoon Pool and YMCA Entertainment Center in Panmure. A central supervisor will not speak to NZME.
Seven people have died in water accidents so far this year.
Water Safety New Zealand calls on everyone to make wise decisions around water.
“We know the Kiwis will continue to enjoy our beautiful aqueduct as the warm weather continues. We need everyone to be responsible and think about water safety,” said spokesman Sheridan Bruce.
“Even though our aqueducts are our playground, they can be very unforgiving.”
Key safety messages include always bringing friends, swimming between flags on patrolled beaches, constant active adult supervision of children around the water at all times, watching for rips and always wearing a life jacket on the boat and when fishing from rocks or fishing nets. .
Surf Life Saving’s northern region chief of operations Alan Gibson reiterated calls for people to take basic precautions to ensure daily events don’t end in tragedy.
“We asked if people went fishing so they put on a life jacket and told someone where they were going,” Gibson said.
“If they shower, never swim alone and if you get caught in a tear to ride them and raise their hands in the air and seek lifeguard assistance.”
Observers who witness the people in contention in the water should call 111 or get the coast guard’s attention if they are on a patrolled coastline, Gibson said.
“Unfortunately, in New Zealand, many observer rescues end in double or single tragedy for people who enter the water to save others.”
Last year 69 people drowned in New Zealand. Most of the deaths occurred in the upper North Island.
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