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Child drowns at Orange Aquatic Centre
A four-year-old girl has drowned at the Orange Aquatic Centre in Western NSW.
The child was found motionless at the bottom of the pool on Saturday afternoon and could not be revived despite the efforts of her family, lifeguards and paramedics.
The popular pool has been closed while NSW Police speak to witnesses and review CCTV footage.
Update, 6th November 2017
The NSW mother of a young girl who drowned in a public swimming pool at Orange says the incident is a "tragic accident".
The girl's mother Mekaela Harrison posted a public Facebook status on Monday advising friends of the sad news.
The post read "For those who don't know yet, who haven't seen the papers or news stories. On Saturday my sweet baby girl Mia Rose passed away after a tragic accident at our local swimming pool
"Please respect the fact that my family is still grieving and if you have any questions ask me personally. Fly high baby you were so loved and will be so sorely missed. 26/01/2013-04/11/17".
Makela Harrison has also urged parents to teach children to swim, saying her daughter wasn't able to swim.
She told News Ltd "if anything can come out of this tragedy, please, parents, teach your children to swim as soon as possible.
"I'm aware a lot of people have said the lifeguards are to blame but that is not the case at all, I can't thank them enough."
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