The death of a 10-month-old child on a beach in a coastal town in Australia’s south-west has reignited debate about safety in the world’s biggest beach resort.
The girl, whose identity has not been released, was found dead by police at a beachfront house in the town of Port Augusta, just off the state’s coast.
The coroner ruled the girl had been accidentally drowned by a piece of plastic she was wearing.
The child was wearing a swimsuit and was swimming in the water when she died, her family said.
“This is an extremely tragic loss of life,” Port Augusta’s deputy mayor, Richard Johnson, told reporters.
Police say they are investigating whether the child was under the influence of alcohol, a substance that is illegal in the state, and if there was foul play.”
She was a good child, a lovely little girl.”
Police say they are investigating whether the child was under the influence of alcohol, a substance that is illegal in the state, and if there was foul play.
Police also said they were concerned about a possible link between the child and other children who have drowned or gone missing.
It is not believed that the child has been under the control of anyone at this time.”