Paradmedics transport a male student from Newtown State School after a near drowning.
Paradmedics transport a male student from Newtown State School after a near drowning. Amy Lyne

LATEST: Teacher's aide pulled boy from school pool

UPDATE: A TEACHER'S aide has pulled a young student to safety after a near-drowning at a Toowoomba school.

Paramedics rushed to Newtown State School about 12.20pm today to reports of a drowning incident involving the primary-school aged boy.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the student had been immersed under water in a pool at the school.

A Department of Education spokesman said the incident occurred during a free swim activity at the school pool involving 22 students and four staff.

The spokesman said the student was part of a group of five children when he started to panic, grabbing onto other children when he went under the water for about five seconds.

The teacher's aide supervising the group pulled the boy straight out of the water to safety.

The spokesman praised the teacher's aide's quick actions.

The boy was transported to the Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition. 

EARLIER: A PRIMARY-SCHOOL student has been taken to hospital after a near-drowning at a Toowoomba school. 

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the male student had been immersed under water in a pool at Newtown State School. 

Paradmedics transport a male student from Newtown State School after a near drowning.
Paradmedics transport a male student from Newtown State School after a near drowning. Amy Lyne

Paramedics rushed to the school about 12.20pm and transported the child to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition. 

The Chronicle has contacted the Department of Education for comment. 


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