A two-year-old girl has died after being pulled irresponsibly from a pond in Melbourne’s inner west.
The girl was walking away from her parents in Footscray Park at around 8pm on Monday for a few minutes before she was found in a pond.
Emergency services rushed to the park at Maribyrnong Boulevard after the toddler was found face down in the water about 20 meters behind an enclosed playground.
The girl was treated on the spot by ambulance Victoria paramedics before being driven to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.
The toddler died Thursday afternoon at the hospital.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, but it is not believed to be suspicious.
Temporary fences were built around the pond after the incident.
Authorities are urging people to be vigilant about waterways over the summer with the risk of children drowning at a critical level.
Another three children are in the hospital, one of whom is in critical condition, following separate drowning incidents in the past four days.
Emergency Commissioner Andrew Crisp said authorities have responded to a number of tragedies in the water.
“On Christmas day we had a drowning death; we had a small child in a lake out by the western suburbs; “Eastern Beach, another possible drowning a few days ago, and we’re still looking for a woman down in San Remo who has been washing stones,” he told ABC Radio.
“We had 61 drowning deaths this fiscal year. We just can not afford to be complacent in and around the water again. It kills.”