Teen lucky to be alive following Goobarragandra River rescue

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.