A teenager has been rushed to Canberra hospital after he almost drowned, near Tumut on Saturday.
The 13-year-old is lucky to be alive after he became trapped underwater, while swimming in the Goobarragandra River, in the state’s south-west.
The region’s chief paramedic Eamonn Purcell said the boy was underwater for close-to three minutes before he was rescued.
The Murrumbidgee zone duty operations manager said by-standers managed to free the 13-year-old, pulling him unconscious from the water.
Regaining consciousness, the boy was rushed to Tumut hospital after noon and was flown to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition soon afterward.
Emergency services are reminding holidayers and residents to be vigilant around all waterways across the holiday period.
Thanks to watchful by-standers, the young boy was saved.