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54 nearly drown within 10 days across Australia's New South Wales

01-11-2012 13:59 BJT

SYDNEY, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Fifty-four people, many of them children, have nearly drowned in Australia's New South Wales (NSW) in the first ten days of 2012, the Ambulance Service of NSW (ASNSW) said on Wednesday.

The ASNSW said paramedics and surf lifesavers had been kept busy with drowning or near drowning incidents across the state.

Lifesavers across NSW have performed more than 2,000 rescues since Christmas Day, almost double the figures for the same period a year ago, it said.

Ambulance and Surf Life Saving NSW are appealing for members of the public to be careful in and around all forms of water.

Parents are being urged to be vigilant in their supervision of children in and around swimming pools and at the beach.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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