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Boy who drowned loved water, dirt, beads

SAD SCENE: The entrance to the property where Lachlan Goodhand drowned on Monday. PHOTO: LEIGH JENSEN
SAD SCENE: The entrance to the property where Lachlan Goodhand drowned on Monday. PHOTO: LEIGH JENSEN

A SEVEN-year-old boy who drowned in a dam on a property near Tucabia was autistic and had a fascination with water, a neighbour said.

On Monday around 2.30pm Lachlan Scott Goodhand disappeared for a few minutes at the property. His parents, Daniel Goodhand and Kate Smith immediately began looking for him.

The neighbour said Lachlan was fascinated with water and

would play in it whenever possible.

"He loved beads, dirt and water," the neighbour said. "He was always playing in mud puddles up the driveway into the property.

"They went up there straight away - that's about five minutes - didn't find him, then twigged he might be down at the dam - that's another two or three minutes."

The parents found their boy unconscious in the dam and immediately called an ambulance and carried out CPR on him until paramedics arrived.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was despatched to the property, but paramedics decided it would be better to leave the boy in the road ambulance and take him to Grafton Base Hospital.

With two police cars racing ahead of the ambulance they made the 25km dash to the hospital, but unfortunately Lachlan was pronounced dead soon after they arrived.

The neighbour said the family had moved to the property around six years ago, when Lachlan was about one year old.

She said the mother's parents were visiting and they were comforting the distraught couple.

"There's a few friends around doing what they can," the neighbour said. "I went in this morning for a little while and there were people there helping out."

Police are investigating the drowning. The details will be sent to the Coroner.

Topics:  drowning death, editors picks, tucabia

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