A four-year-old girl has died from a chest injury after a devastating incident while fishing with her family in a Victorian seaside town.
A Victoria Police spokesman said emergency services were called out to a pier at Inverloch, southeast of Melbourne, this morning.
“The exact circumstances are yet to be established however it is understood a child sustained life-threatening injuries just after 9.30am at the pier,” he told news.com.au this afternoon.
“Paramedics worked on the girl however the four-year-old sadly died at the scene.
“The investigation is ongoing however her death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage.”
Acting Inspector Jan McNally, in Wonthaggi, told news.com.au a family of two adults and four children had been fishing at the Inverloch pier.
“Then there’s been an incident where a child has received an injury to the chest,” she said.
She confirmed responding emergency services were “unfortunately unable to revive the child”.
“It’s an absolute tragedy,” Insp McNally said.
Local newspaper The Great Southern Star described the incident as an “accidental stabbing” involving a fishing knife puncturing the four-year-old’s chest.
Wonthaggi Police Sergeant Chris Diciero told The Herald Sun it “involved fishing equipment”.
When asked if the girl’s injury was from a knife, Insp McNally told news.com.au police wouldn’t be “going into those details”.
Seven reported a visiting surgeon was among those who had tried to save the girl’s life.
Melbourne woman Shelley Hanover was stand-up paddleboarding in the area this morning.
“Beautiful morning in almost perfect SUPing conditions at Inverloch … sadly marred by the tragedy on the pier of the accidental death of a little girl,” she said on Facebook today.
“May we offer our prayers, love and support to the family and friends grieving. So, so sad.”
In a post on the Inverloch Community Voice page on Facebook, June Laycock wrote: “A very tragic accident … sad for the whole family.”