Toddler remains critical after falling from wharf near Great Barrier Island

A rescue helicopter is at Rangiahua Island (middle, with Great Barrier Island to the right)
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A rescue helicopter is at Rangiahua Island (middle, with Great Barrier Island to the right)

A toddler pulled unresponsive from the water off Rangiahua Island, near Great Barrier, is in a critical, but stable condition in hospital.

The 18-month and a three-year-old girl were rescued after falling from a wharf on the tiny island, also known as Flat Island, on Friday night.

A Starship Hospital spokesperson said the three-year-old was discharged on Saturday evening, while the toddler was critical, but stable. 

An Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust spokesman said emergency services were alerted about the incident about 7.50pm.

One child had been found floating face-down in the water and the other was face-up. Both were given CPR by their relatives and started to respond by the time emergency services arrived about 8.20pm.

A rescue helicopter flew the critically-ill 18-month child to the hospital, accompanied by a relative, with the second three-year-old child airlifted in a Northland Emergency Services Trust helicopter to the same hospital.

"Our thoughts are with the families and we hope for a good outcome," the spokesman said.

 

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