Drownings spark warning

POLICE have issued a reminder to parents and caregivers that while summer is officially over, the swimming season is not, and extreme vigilance is still required around backyard swimming pools.

The warning follows the drowning deaths of two young children in the past week.

About 4.30pm on Saturday, a two-year-old boy was found unconscious in his family's swimming pool at Upper Orara.

The boy was taken to Coffs Harbour Base Hospital by ambulance but could not be revived.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command are investigating the incident and will hand their findings to the coroner.

In another incident, an 18-month-old girl died in the state's south last Monday.

About 3pm, emergency services were called to an address in Bega, where the toddler was located unconscious in her family's swimming pool.

She was pronounced dead at Bega Hospital.

According to Royal Life Saving, 20 children between the ages of zero and four years drowned in Australia between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

Swimming pools accounted for 70% of the drowning deaths in this age group - more than 4.5 times that of any other location.

Royal Life Saving has issued the PoolSafety App that recommends actions to make your pool safer.

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