A little girl has died after being found floating face down in her family’s backyard pool on Wednesday evening.
Octavia Rothnie was pulled unconscious from the water by her parents Darren and Rachel at their home in Werrington Downs, western Sydney, just before 8pm.
Mr and Mrs Rothnie performed CPR while waiting for paramedics with guidance from triple-0 staff, but the one-year-old died while on the way to nearby Nepean Hospital.
On a Santa photo on Mrs Rothnie’s social media account, the proud mother wrote: ‘Such a happy little girl, love her to bits’.
NSW Ambulance acting superintendent Jordan Emery said the parents did everything right by calling for help as quickly as they did.
‘They received excellent first aid advice from our call centre staff… it’s not foolproof, early CPR does not always result in the outcomes that we might hope for.
‘These incidents happen in seconds and there in frankly a myth that drownings are noisy dramatic incidents, in fact they’re silent.’
Police are investigating the circumstances leading up to her death.
Months earlier, Mrs Rothnie had commented on a Facebook photo of their daughter posted by her husband: ‘My life, my love, my everything’.
The tragedy has rocked the quiet suburban street, with neighbours telling how they regularly saw the youngster playing with her parents in the front yard.
Just hours earlier two children were pulled from the water at Avoca Beach, on the New South Wales Central Coast.
A four-year-old boy had to be rescued by members of the public who performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
A five-year-old girl was also rescued and treated.
The young boy was airlifted to The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, where he remains in a serious condition.