Missing toddler dies after being pulled from a lagoon as shattered locals say the entire community turned out to find the little boy
- A toddler has died after being pulled from a lagoon near a popular picnic spot
- One local, Kylie Nitz, said she heard a commotion and joined the search effort
- She said volunteers searched the entire parklands in Maryborough on Saturday
The grandmother of a little boy who died after he was pulled from a lagoon has thanked the dozens of locals who tried to save him.
A social media callout on Saturday afternoon marshalled nearby residents and visitors at Anzac Park in Maryborough on Queensland’s mid-north coast to look for the toddler.
On Sunday a makeshift memorial of flowers and soft toys could be seen at the edge of Ululah Lagoon as the boy’s grandmother Hope Pitt praised searchers.
‘Thank you to everyone who helped look for my grandson at Ululah Park… RIP little man,’ Mr Pitt said.
Hundreds of comments of support have been left for the family by the schocked community.
‘To all those who helped at the park and the first responders, big hugs. It was heartbreaking,’ one person wrote.
The toddler was pulled from Ululah Lagoon in Maryborough (pictured) adjacent to Anzac Park, a popular recreation spot, and the Maryborough Golf Club
Kylie Nitz was there with her family on Saturday when she heard a commotion and asked her son to find out what was going on.
He reported that a boy from a nearby family had gone missing, prompting Ms Nitz to approach the toddler’s father and offer to help by putting out a call on social media.
Ms Nitz said the parkgoers immediately sprang into action with those nearby joining the search effort.
‘So many members of the community, of all ages, were covering the entire park, riding bikes around the golf course walk, driving the streets, using their dogs… it was such a big effort,’ she told the Fraser Coast Chronicle.
‘I was praying for a miracle for them… I cannot imagine the pain that family is going through,’ she said.
The toddler was pulled from Ululah Lagoon about 4.50pm.
Paramedics on the scene performed CPR assisted by police before the child was rushed by ambulance to hospital where he died.
Investigators are continuing to speak with the boy’s family and a report will be prepared for the coroner.