Toddler drowns in backyard pool in Port Stephens

A toddler has drowned in a backyard pool in Port Stephens on Sunday evening 16th December 2018 as reported by Rachel Clun of The Sydney Morning Herald.

The 19-month-old boy was in the backyard of a home on Marsh Road in Bobs Farm with his father when he managed to slip unnoticed into the pool.

The family called emergency services about 6.40pm after they found the boy unconscious in the water, and they performed CPR until paramedics arrived, a police spokeswoman said.

Paramedics then took over, but the boy could not be revived.

Officers from Port Stephens Police District established a crime scene and began investigating the circumstances around the death, but police say initial investigations suggest there were no suspicious circumstances involved.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Swimming Pools Regulation 2018

These are the main changes introduced with the Swimming Pool Regulation 2018 that affect certification work:

  • Certifiers must record details for certificates of non-compliance on the Swimming Pool Register within three days of inspection.
  • Pool barriers may comply with the BCA using deemed-to-satisfy or performance solution pathways.
  • Occupiers must display a warning notice while a pool is under construction.
  • More flexibility in how spa pools can be secured.
  • Minor changes to warning notice requirements.

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