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Another death in spate of NSW drownings

AAP logoAAP 2/01/2017 Andi Yu

As a man's body has been found in a lake and a toddler is in hospital after being pulled unconscious from a pond, authorities are pleading with Australians to be careful around water.

More than a dozen people have died from drowning in NSW over the holiday period.

A 44-year-old Cooma man is the latest victim, having been found by police divers in a Snowy Mountains lake on Monday.

He had been missing since he went for a New Year's Day swim in Lake Eucumbene.

A two-year-old boy is in a western Sydney hospital after he was pulled from a pond on Monday.

His condition remains unknown.

This follows the death of a two-year-old girl on Sunday night after she was found unconscious in a backyard pool in Sydney's southwest.

Acting Superintendent Mark Brett said police were investigating the circumstances of the girl's death, including whether the pool fence had been left open.

He said the toddler had been missing for "a few minutes" before she was found.

"Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family of the young child," he told reporters on Monday.

"It's very tragic circumstances at a supposedly joyous time of the year."

Acting Supt Brett begged parents to supervise their youngsters, especially around pools.

"Don't assume you know where they are; be sure you know where they are," he said.

Other victims include two 23-month-old twins who died after they also were pulled unconscious from a backyard pool at Kellyville Ridge in Sydney's northwest on December 20.

Surf Life Saving NSW told AAP the increasing number of drownings across NSW were concerning and were tough on those involved in trying to save lives.

"No matter who you are and how long you've been a life saver, it never gets easier to deal with," spokesman Liam Howitt said.

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