Boy drowns in front of brother in dam

A YOUNG boy drowned in front of his brother in a dam on a semirural block of land near Charters Towers.

Early indications suggest the two boys had gone to a neighbouring property on Saturday afternoon to swim in a dam.

The circumstances that led to the eight-year-old boy's death were unclear yesterday although it is understood police are investigating whether the boy hit his head after jumping into the water.

It is believed the boy's brother raised the alarm.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but the boy could not be revived. There has been an outpouring of grief from the Charters Towers community.

Dalrymple MP Shane Knuth said the family would receive the full support and love of the Charters Towers region.

"It's a tragedy and we are feeling for the family at this moment," Mr Knuth said.

"We want to provide as much support and counselling as we possibly can."

People took to social media to express their sorrow and shock over the boy's death.

Cheryle Louise Dempster said: "We embrace this family in our hearts. There are no words. May they feel the sadness and reaching out in spirit of this Charters Towers community. Another angel in Heaven. God bless family and friends."

Loz Purnell said: "There are no words in a tragedy such as this. All my sympathy and thoughts are with the family. RIP Beautiful Boy."

Nicolette Wakeford said: "RIP little Angel. May God wrap his loving arms around your family."

Investigations will continue to determine the circumstances that led to the boy's death.

The Royal Live Saving National Drowning Report, released in September, said 73 people drowned in Queensland in the 2016-17 financial year.

This figure was a quarter of the total drowning in Australia for that period.