Little girl drowns in Moore River

Shire of Gingin President Wayne Fewster says the tragedy is a reminder for people to be vigilant around water. Picture: Anita McInnes

WA Police will prepare a report for the coroner after a seven-year-old girl drowned in the Moore River yesterday.

A police spokesman said at 3.30pm on Sunday, December 29 officers responded to a report of a child missing in Guilderton.

He said locals and community members searched for the little girl, who was found floating, unconscious in the Moore River.

Efforts to revive her failed.

Her family, from Perth, had been in Guilderton for the day.

Shire of Gingin President Wayne Fewster said as a grandfather he could not imagine the pain the little girl’s family was going through.

Cr Fewster said the tragedy was a reminder for people to be vigilant anytime they were around water.

He also wanted to thank all the volunteers and emergency services personnel who helped search for the little girl as it was very distressing for them too.

Cr Fewster said anyone who felt they needed counselling could contact him on 0428 754 017 and he would pass on the relevant information (the shire’s administration centre is closed until Thursday, January 2).

Royal Life Saving Society WA said drowning could happen quickly and silently and could even affect those who were good swimmers – especially over the holiday period when people were swimming in locations not familiar to them.

The society said rivers and lakes were especially dangerous as there could be hidden dangers and strong currents that were maybe not immediately evident from the surface.

Moore River Beach South VacSwim supervisor Diana Papenfus said it was possible for people to enrol their children in the Guilderton program until 1.30pm today or they could contact her on 0407 906 620 (this is only for Guilderton and not for other VacSwim locations).

The eight-day Guilderton program starts on Tuesday, December 31 – is not run on Wednesday as it is New Year’s Day –  then resumes on Thursday, January 2 and then finishes on Friday, January 10.