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Toddler dies after being pulled from a lagoon in Maryborough

Missing toddler dies after being pulled from a lagoon as shattered locals say the entire community turned out to find the boy

  • A toddler has died after being pulled from a lagoon near a popular picnic spot 
  • One local, Kylie Nitz, said she heard a commotion and joined the search effort  
  • She said volunteers searched the entire parklands in Maryborough on Saturday 

A little boy has died after he was pulled from a lagoon despite the frantic efforts of locals who tried to save him.

A woman involved in the search said a social media callout marshalled dozens of people visiting Anzac Park in Maryborough on Queensland’s mid-north coast.

Kylie Nitz was there with her family on Saturday when she heard a commotion and asked her son to find out what was going on. 

He reported that a boy from a nearby family had gone missing, prompting Ms Nitz to approach the toddler’s father and offer to help by putting out a call on social media. 

Ms Nitz said the parkgoers immediately sprang into action with those nearby joining the search effort. 

The toddler was pulled from Ululah Lagoon in Maryborough (pictured) adjacent to Anzac Park, a popular recreation spot, and the Maryborough Golf Club 

‘So many members of the community, of all ages, were covering the entire park, riding bikes around the golf course walk, driving the streets, using their dogs… it was such a big effort,’ she told the Fraser Coast Chronicle.

‘I was praying for a miracle for them… I cannot imagine the pain that family is going through,’ she said.

The toddler was pulled from Ululah Lagoon about 4.50pm.

Paramedics on the scene performed CPR assisted by police before the child was rushed by ambulance to hospital where he died. 

Investigators are continuing to speak with the boy’s family and a report will be prepared for the coroner.