Mum's warning after child nearly drowns in city park
KIERA Anderson turned away for a moment but it was long enough for an accident that almost led to tragedy.
She was at Laurel Bank Park on March 25 about 2.30pm with her two sons, enjoying the sunshine.
The mother was enjoying lunch while the children played, then decided to take them out of the sun into shade near the pond.
The boys - Samuel Anderson, 3, Michael Anderson, 1 - were sitting on the edge dangling their feet in the water to cool off.
Ms Anderson turned to place Michael on the ground so they could tell their nanny all the exciting things they had seen at the pond when suddenly Samuel fell in the pond.
She pulled him straight out, but he ended up with water in his lungs and became unwell.
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Ms Anderson said the pond was quite deep and dirty and even as she watched him go in and instantly pulled him back out, she could barely see him.
"The edge around the pond is so low that my one year old could easily climb it if he was allowed," she said.
Now she is warning parents of the dangers.
"Never take your eyes or hands off them, not even for a second. It only takes one second for things to go horribly wrong," she said.
Ms Anderson said the pond was extremely dangerous and was calling for Toowoomba Regional Council to install fencing.
"There are many young children with no parents in sight, it could have easily been any of them.
"I feel if pools in yards have to be fenced, why not ponds?"
Toowoomba Regional Council Parks and Recreation Services portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said council's top concern was to provide safe facilities for the public to enjoy.
He said there was no legislative requirement for ornamental ponds or other bodies of water to be fenced.
"Despite this, council does review the design of ornamental pools to minimise public risks.
"Play infrastructure at Lake Annand Park was deliberately set at least 20m from the water edge to eliminate the immediate risk.
"Vegetation has been planted along walkways to offer a buffer around some water features.
"Council would review plans for additional safety precautions at sites where regular problems occur.
"Council also advises parents and guardians to keep a close watch on children at all times around any body of water, including pools."