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Man dies while treading water trying to save a toddler who fell out of a kayak on NSW Central Coast

Man dies while treading water ‘heroically’ trying to save a toddler who fell out of a kayak

  • Man has died after saving the life of a toddler after they fell out of their kayak
  • Were dragged out of water by public at Gwandalan, on the NSW Central Coast 
  • Bystanders and paramedics performed CPR but were unable to revive the man
  • The four-year-old was assessed by paramedics and has no physical injuries  


A man has died while ‘heroically’ saving the life of a young boy after a kayak capsized on the NSW Central Coast.

The 33-year-old was reportedly holding the four-year old-boy out of the water to save him after they fell from their kayak at Gwandalan, near Lake Macquarie at about 5:30pm on Friday.

Both the man and child were dragged from the water by members of the public to a nearby parkland area on Koowong Rd. 

A man has died after saving a toddler from drowning on the NSW Central Coast at Gwandalan (pictured) 

The public and paramedics performed CPR and attempted to revive the man but he died at the scene. 

The child was assessed by paramedics and was uninjured. 

‘It appears the man has heroically held the young boy above the water when they’ve tipped over, saving his life. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of bystanders and paramedics, the man was unable to be revived,’ NSW Ambulance Inspector Andrew Craig said.

Emergency services say the man held the child up to stop him from drowning after they fell out of their kayak on Friday evening

Emergency services say the man held the child up to stop him from drowning after they fell out of their kayak on Friday evening 

‘It was a very emotional scene and bystanders had done an excellent job in rendering first aid to the patient before paramedics arrived.

‘With the warmer weather fast approaching it’s a tragic reminder of how dangerous the water can be and how quickly things can change.’

The incident is being investigated by Tuggerah Lakes police with a report being prepared for the coroner.  

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