3-Year-Old Girl Dies After Falling Off Boat, First Responders Shaken

July 9, 2019 Updated: July 9, 2019

A 3-year-old girl died after she fell out of a boat in Sydney, Australia, on July 9, leaving first responders shaken, it was reported.

Emergency crews responded to reports of a girl missing from a vessel on the Hawkesbury River, 7News reported.

Marine Area Command, a local agency, found the unnamed child in the water near Dangar Island, near Brooklyn at around 12:50 p.m., according to the report.

She and seven other children were on the boat when she fell into the water.

Two adults realized she went missing and called the authorities, it was reported.

Police pulled her from the water and started to perform CPR on her.

According to 9News, the child died in the hospital after she was rushed there by first responders.

“Four crews and a Toll Ambulance Rescue Helicopter were tasked to the area around 12.50pm to assist Water Police in the operation,” a statement said, according to the report. “Officers from Marine Area Command recovered the child from the water south of Dangar Island.”

Police said, “CPR was commenced and the girl was stabilized by paramedics at a nearby boat ramp.”

‘Chaotic Scene’

Speaking to 7News in a video, ambulance worker Jordan Emery said it was “devastating” for the family and first responders.

“These paramedics are mothers and fathers themselves … we’re not immune from that incredible suffering,” he said.

Sue Dorahy, with a local ambulance agency, said there was a “chaotic scene” after the girl went missing and was found not breathing.

“The child was not breathing. Our paramedics did an exceptional resuscitation effort on the child, worked extensively for a number of minutes and the helicopter arrived,” she said. “These scenes are always very, very confronting when it involves children and any water-based job that does involve a child is always very chaotic.

The official added that it is “very high-stress and it is very high stress levels and it just goes to show the exceptional experience and skillset of our paramedics that they can switch on as fast as they did and treat the patient as quickly as they did.”

“These jobs can be very, very emotional and we’ve all got children. The paramedics have got children and the paramedics have been in the job a long time,” she explained.

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