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Toddler saved from drowning in NSW

AAP logoAAP 31/12/2016

A NSW toddler who was pulled from a pond unconscious, breathless and with his skin turning blue is recovering in hospital.

The 21-month-old boy was rescued by his mother from a pond near their campsite at Wiseman's Ferry on the Hawkesbury River, northwest of Sydney, on Saturday morning.

The boy was able to be revived before emergency services arrived and he was later airlifted to the Children's Hospital at Westmead for further treatment.

Hawkesbury police duty officer Garry Sims praised bystanders for administering first aid as soon as the child was pulled from the water.

"I believe the first aid skills of those nearby made a big difference to the outcome of today's incident, and I commend these skills as something we all should learn," Detective Chief Inspector Sims said.

"It does mean the difference between life and death."

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