Junior’s father, Paul Donley reportedly rushed into try and revive the boy with CPR. But it was too late.
"I just grabbed him straight off her, doing CPR . . . I ended up with vomit in my mouth," he said.
"I thought I got him back a couple of times but I didn’t, but I didn’t fix him. Usually I can fix things, but I couldn’t fix him," he said. "He was every father’s and mother’s dream boy. I know he’s gone but he’s still here with us."
Police have confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Junior’s death but have not released ay further details.
The family are believed to have been known to Families SA, reports the Daily Mail.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death in Australia according to Kidsafe, who reiterate the importance of remaining vigilant in watching children around bodies of water, no matter how big or small.
"Young children can drown in as little as 5cm of water and really, really quickly. It can happen so quickly, and silently," Kidsafe SA executive officer Holly Fitzgerald told The Advertiser.
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