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Man dies while treading water trying to save a toddler who fell out of a kayak on NSW Central Coast

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Man dies pedaling ‘heroic’ water while trying to save toddler who fell from kayak

  • Man has died after saving a toddler’s life after they fell from their kayak
  • Was dragged out of the water by the public in Gwandalan, on the NSW Central Coast
  • Bystanders and paramedics performed CPR, but were unable to resuscitate the man
  • The four-year-old was examined by paramedics and has no physical injuries










A man has died ‘heroically’ saving the life of a young boy after a kayak capsized on the NSW Central Coast.

The 33-year-old reportedly held the four-year-old boy out of the water to rescue him after they fell from their kayak at about 5:30 p.m. Friday in Gwandalan, near Lake Macquarie.

Both the man and the child were dragged from the water by the public to a nearby park on Koowong Rd.

A man has died after saving a toddler from drowning on the NSW Central Coast near Gwandalan (pictured)

The public and paramedics performed CPR and attempted to resuscitate the man, but he died at the scene.

The child was examined by paramedics and unharmed.

“It appears the man heroically held the boy above the water when they fell over, saving his life. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of bystanders and paramedics, the man could not be resuscitated,” said NSW ambulance inspector Andrew Craig.

Emergency services say the man held the child up to avoid drowning after it fell from their kayak Friday night

Emergency services say the man held the child up to avoid drowning after it fell from their kayak Friday night

“It was a very emotional scene and bystanders had done a great job giving the patient first aid before the paramedics arrived.

“With warmer weather fast approaching, it’s a tragic reminder of how dangerous the water can be and how quickly things can change.”

The incident is being investigated by the Tuggerah Lakes Police Department and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

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