Written by Peter CarterOctober 18, 2017
A 17-year-old boy has died after an incident at Lambton Pool in Newcastle, NSW.
Police attended the local pool after receiving reports of a ‘fight’ between a teenager who was at the pool with his carer, and an employee.
Witnesses of the incident allegedly had to intervene and hold down the teen until police arrived at the scene.
The boy was found in serious condition and treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to John Hunter Hospital, where he later died.
A spokesman for Newcastle City Council said the boy began causing harm to himself and the surrounding property, which is when his carer and passers-by stepped in to restrain him. The teenager then had a medical episode and needed CPR.
Police are now investigating all circumstances of the incident, and this investigation will be subject to independent review once complete. They are appealing for witnesses to come forward to assist.
Lambton Pool is temporarily closed until further notice, with a Facebook post on the pool’s page saying “Due to unforeseen circumstances the Lambton Swimming Pool will be closed for an undetermined short period of time. We appreciate the patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will update everyone as soon as possible.”
Categories: Recreational accident