Townsville emergency services and locals search for a missing girl near Black River. Picture: Zak Simmonds
Townsville emergency services and locals search for a missing girl near Black River. Picture: Zak Simmonds

Police confirm child’s death north of Townsville

UPDATE: Queensland Police Service has confirmed the child's body has been found this afternoon.

A QPS spokeswoman said the six-year-old was found just before 3pm.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the young girl had drowned.

Police are preparing a report for the Coroner.

The parents have been notified.

It is the second drowning death in Townsville in three days after a man believed to be in his 20s was pulled unresponsive from the water at Horseshoe Bay on Friday.

In another drowning tragedy, a man died after being pulled unconscious from a lake on the Sunshine Coast this morning.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Townsville lifeguard supervisor Russell Blanchard urged people to remain vigilant around water.

"In the warmer months there's a lot more water activity and I reiterate that we should all be keeping an eye on everybody," he said.

"Especially when there's alcohol consumed we need to generally watch each other swimming."

 

UPDATE: State Emergency Services helicopters have been dispatched and are surveying the area to help find the child.

Vehicles for tough terrain are combing the area for any signs of the missing girl.

 

Townsville emergency services and locals search for a missing girl near Black River. Picture: Zak Simmonds
Townsville emergency services and locals search for a missing girl near Black River. Picture: Zak Simmonds

EMERGENCY services are searching for a missing girl who was last seen swimming under a bridge north of Townsville.

The six-year-old was reported to be swimming in Black River when police were called about 1.18pm.

Townsville emergency services and locals search for a missing girl near Black River. Picture: Zak Simmonds
Townsville emergency services and locals search for a missing girl near Black River. Picture: Zak Simmonds

The girl is described as about 110-120cm tall, with brown hair and wearing a long sleeve pink top.

A number of police and paramedics are on scene.

More to come.

Townsville emergency services and locals search for a missing girl near Black River. Picture: Zak Simmonds
Townsville emergency services and locals search for a missing girl near Black River. Picture: Zak Simmonds