News

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




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Bronwyn Bancroft’s Colours of Australia

Artist Bronwyn Bancroftin front of one of her works in her exhibition at the Grafton Regional Gallery Colours of Australia.

Colourful Australia opened at the Grafton Regional Gallery.

It's time to bring out the winter woolies

Grafton's Clarence St shrouded in fog this morning. Photo was taken slightly after 8am.Photo Matthew McInerney / Daily Examiner

Cooler overnight temperatures here to stay

Pair paddles 60km to highlight depression

DETERMINED: Will Brighton and Todd Ives in Yamba during their 60km paddle from Woody Head to Wooli.

Will Brighton and Todd Ives share rewarding experience on the water

Latest deals and offers

Bronwyn Bancroft's Colours of Australia

Artist Bronwyn Bancroftin front of one of her works in her exhibition at the Grafton Regional Gallery Colours of Australia.

Artist Bronwyn Bancroft's exhibition Colours of Australia is introduced by her...

Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce tour Rockhampton sweet potato farm

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce visit a...

Men's Shed possum boxes

(back l-r) David Abrahams, Frank heppell, Warren Moss, Kevin Wtkins and (front) Darcy Knight with some of the possum boxes the Grafton Men's Shed are making for the new highway construction.

Grafton Men's Shed members have made 65 possum boxes for Eco Logical Australia to...

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest