The grieving family of a two-year-old girl who drowned after crawling through a fence and into a neighbour’s swimming pool have spoken out about water safety.
Two weeks ago, Lah-Theah followed her puppy, Tulip when it went to their neighbour’s yard. The toddler then crawled through a hole in the neighbour’s broken fence and into the swimming pool where she drowned.
While looking for her daughter, mum Bernadette panicked when she saw the hole which was hidden by plants.
To her horror, she found Lah-Theah’s lifeless body in the swimming pool next door.
Lah-Theah’s grandmother Michelle Nelson-Cox said the whole family were devastated by what happened. “She’s the only child, she meant the world to them,” she said.
Royal Life Saving launched the new Keep Watch campaign on Thursday.
The campaign warns: “Water is only safe while you’re watching”, advising parents is to make sure they check their pool barrier and gate and ensure they are in good working order.
The organisation’s figures show that 64 children aged under five have drowned in WA in 15 years, more than half of the figure happened in home swimming pools.
Now, Ms Nelson-Cox wants frequent checks among home swimming pools. “If we can make a small change to stop it from happening or preventing another child, or any family ever experiencing this, let’s do it,” she said.