Canberra cyclist jumps into chilly Lake Burley Griffin to rescue three-year-old boy

The hunt is on to find the quick-thinking cyclist who “didn’t even hesitate” to save a three-year-old boy who scooted straight into Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin.

Mother Ellie Carey was out walking near the National Carillon on Sunday when her son, Miles, ventured slightly ahead of the rest of the family.

“I called him to come back,” Ms Carey said.

“He’d half turned around and then scooted straight in [the lake].

But before Ms Carey could get to her son, an unknown cyclist came to the rescue.

“The man was cycling towards us with a friend so he would have seen the whole thing unfold,” Ms Carey said.

“He didn’t even hesitate. He jumped off the bike, ripped off his backpack and leapt straight in.”

Mum Ellie and dad Pat say Sunday’s events will “be a story that’s told for years to come”.(

Supplied: Ellie Carey


With Miles safely in the arms of the cyclist, it was all hands on deck to get the pair back on solid ground.

“A million people stopped to help,” Ms Carey said.

“It’s about a metre drop down into the lake, so someone helped pull Miles out and then a few of us helped the man out.

Search for the rescuer begins

National Carillon
Miles was turning around on his scooter to head back towards his mum Ellie when he fell into the water near the National Carillon at Lake Burley Griffin.(

ABC Canberra: Penny Travers


Once Miles was back on dry ground, Ms Carey said the cyclist stayed to check if the little boy was okay.

But within minutes, Miles’s rescuer disappeared.

“He stood there for a little while and asked me a few times if Miles was okay and I think I said ‘thank you so much’ at least four times,” Ms Carey said.

“I was trying to rip everything off Miles because he was frozen, and then the cyclist just quietly left.”

With no name or details, Ms Carey is now hoping the Canberra community can help her find the heroic cyclist.

“Now that we can laugh about it, we want to say thank you – particularly Miles,” she said.

“We were so mortified for the first day or two but now we know it’ll be a story that’s told for years to come.”

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Ms Carey said Miles “kept his cool in the water – thanks to swimming lessons – and then got over it in record time to go on and play in the park for two hours”.

And, in the event the cyclist cannot be found, Miles’s father Pat Carey recorded a short chat with the three-year-old about the incident, which clearly shows his gratitude.

Pat: “So, you were on the scooter and what happened?”

Miles: “I fell in the lake.”

Pat: “Did a man come and save you?”

Miles: [Nods]

Pat: “What do you want to say to him?”

Miles: “Thank you for saving me, man.”

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Three-year-old boy pulled from ocean in Clontarf

Two off duty doctors and a trauma nurse helped treat a three-year-old who was pulled unconscious from the waves after spending almost a minute underwater in Sydney’s north.

Ambulances were called to the near drowning in Clontarf Reserve after the toddler was pulled unresponsive from the water just after 2.30pm this afternoon.

Inspector Carolyn Parish from NSW Ambulance said two off duty doctors were among those who rushed to help treat the unconscious boy before paramedics arrived.

A toddler has been rushed to hospital after being pulled from water at Clontarf, in Sydney’s north. (Google Maps)

“This is a timely reminder that it only takes a split second for a child to get into serious trouble in the water,” Ms Parish said.

The boy spent almost a minute under water before being revived, 9News understands.

“Even though we’re coming into winter, the weather is still warm and people are still heading to our beaches so it’s really important to continue to be safe in and around the water,” Ms Parish said.

The child was treated at the scene and rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.

Toddler pulled from the water at Clontarf Reserve in Sydney’s north. (9News)

A rescue helicopter had been dispatched.

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WA police officer recounts mother’s joy after three-year-old James O’Reilly found safe near Yallingup

A three-year-old boy who went missing in thick bushland dressed only in his pyjamas for almost 12 hours was found by his grandfather and uncle to the sheer joy of his parents, police say.

James O’Reilly had wandered off while playing outside a holiday home on Karli Rise, in the locality of Wyadup, south of Yallingup at about 7:30am yesterday morning.

The area is surrounded by thick bush and rough ground.

Serious concerns for his safety were heightened by the fact it was a cold day with heavy rain and hail, and he was only wearing his white “Spiderman” pyjamas and gum boots.

Police immediately organised a search and were soon joined by SES volunteers and scores of locals from the surrounding community.

The police dog squad, the mounted unit and the police helicopter also scoured the area for him. But the bad weather prevented police drones flying overhead.

Sergeant Luke Fowler, the officer in charge of the Margaret River area, said the boy was finally found just before 7:00pm by his grandfather and uncle and quickly reunited with his waiting parents.

“That’s something I think I’ll always remember.

“She was about as happy as I’ve seen anyone for a long time.”

James was given a medical check-up due to the amount of time he spent exposed to the poor weather conditions.

WA Police thanked all the emergency service volunteers and community members who helped with the search.

“It was a fantastic result,” Sergeant Fowler said.

“As we always say, it doesn’t matter who finds them as long as the child’s found or the missing person’s found.

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WA police search for missing three-year-old boy in state’s south-west region

A three-year-old boy is missing in Western Australia’s south west, sparking an urgent police search in the surfing town of Yallingup.

The boy, named James, was last seen at about 7:30am today in the area around Karli Rise, in Yallingup, about a two-and-a-half hour drive south of Perth.

He is described as fair-skinned, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Police said James was wearing white Spiderman pyjamas and wellington boots.

The three-year-old boy was reported missing at 7:30am on Saturday.(Supplied)

Officers have been searching in the vicinity of Karli Rise, a heavily-wooded area.

Local police officers were joined by State Emergency Service volunteers, with a police helicopter and police dogs assisting the search.

Members of the mounted police section are also travelling from Perth.

Police have asked anyone who sees the boy to remain with him and call them on 000.

A police spokesman said it was too early to say whether the child had become lost.

Police urge caution as community joins search effort

In a statement, WA Police thanked the community for its “significant” response, but warned there was a risk that the search could be compromised if people walked into the bush.

“It is important members of the public do not venture into the bushland areas, as they may inadvertently compromise evidence of where James has walked, and that could impact on the ability of trained searchers to track his movements,” the statement said.

A police car parked near a bush track.
A police car parked near bushland amid the search for the missing three-year-old.(ABC News: Anthony Pancia)

“Anyone who is in the area already is asked to stick to the main tracks and roads.

“At this time, there is no need for further members of the public to attend the location.

“For those people who are already on site, it is important they register their attendance at the Incident Command Post, which is located at the DFES SES building on Caves Road.”

‘Pretty dangerous sort of country’: Resident

Local man Bill Webb witnessed the boy’s father searching for him at about 9:00am.

“The father came wandering through the bush shouting out the name and I was wondering ‘who’s walking across our property shouting around’, sort of thing,” Mr Webb said.

“Then I found out that his boy was gone.

A man wearing a beanie and black-rimmed glasses stands in bushland.
Yallingup local Bill Webb says the bushland is very thick where the three-year-old is missing.(ABC News: Anthony Pancia)

“He was distraught, he was really worried and just sort of wandering around, trying to do a little bit of a grid with his dog.

Mr Webb said the father was a local man.

“He just lives here somewhere so he probably, he fairly well knows what sort of bushland’s here as well.

“Once a kid gets going like that there, you probably lose him pretty quick.

“This is pretty dangerous sort of country and it’s really thick bush, this is one of the most dangerous precincts in the whole Cape region.

“Hopefully we’ll find him pretty soon.”

A small boy in dinosaur pyjamas sits on a rug with toys in the background.
Three-year-old James was last seen about 7:30am on Saturday.(Supplied)

Brian Carey, another local resident involved in the search, said the community had rallied to help.

“The bushland’s pretty thick around here. It’s pretty dense,” Mr Carey said.

“[It’s a] very good turnout from the community. Plenty of people around, driving around, walking.”

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Three-year-old victim in Beirut blast confirmed as one of two Canadians killed

Three-year-old Alexandra Naggear, a rallying symbol in Lebanon against government corruption, was identified on Friday as one of two Canadians killed by the massive explosion that levelled part of Beirut.

Alexandra was among at least 178 people killed on August 4. Thousands more were injured.

As one of the youngest victims of the tragedy, her death enraged, saddened, and galvanized Lebanon. Many hoped she would survive, but she died two days after the explosion.

“They are all responsible, and they should all pay for what they did. We will avenge Alexandra,” said Sarah Jaafar, a relative of the girl.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that two Canadians were among the victims, and offered his “deepest condolences” to their family and friends. He did not disclose their identities, but CTV News confirmed Alexandra was one of the Canadians.

“I can tell you that she suffered, that little girl. She had some severe injuries and we tried to operate on her. We did our best, but unfortunately she succumbed to her wounds,” said Dr. Fred Bteich, a pediatric neurosurgeon in Beirut said.

Her father, Paul Naggear, who survived the explosion, had taken her to a protest against government corruption last year. Now, he wants an independent international investigation and hopes Alexandra’s memory can spark political change.

“Is it acceptable today that people would find their homes shattered, their families killed, their hopes and their dreams killed as well, with no justice, in all impunity?” he asked.

Angry demonstrations accusing the country’s political elite of exploiting state resources had already been raging for months. The outrage further flared following the devastating blast amid revelations that top Lebanese officials knew a dangerous amount of ammonium nitrate had been stored at the port in Beirut for years.

“We’re trying to channel the anger, this rage into something useful, because right now the whole country is boiling, the whole country wants answers,” said Dr. Bteich.

Alexandra was among tens of thousands of Canadians residing in Lebanon, a number of whom are now considering leaving as tensions rise in their family’s country of origin.

Despite the calls for justice, survivors and relatives of the victims are skeptical an investigation will bring justice and instead hope for an overhaul of Lebanon’s political system. 

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WA records three new coronavirus cases, including a three-year-old child

Western Australia has recorded three new cases of COVID-19 overnight, including a three-year-old-child.

The other two cases are a woman in her 60s and man in his 30s.

All three cases returned from overseas and are currently in hotel quarantine.

The three-year-old contracted the virus from a known contact.

Western Australia’s total number of cases is now 589, of which 28 are active.

Al Kuwait crew member in hospital

Meanwhile, one of the crew members from the Al Kuwait livestock carrier, who previously tested positive to the virus, has been admitted to hospital.

It follows the discovery of one new historical COVID-19 case on the vessel, announced yesterday.

The case was identified through serology testing, which was part of the Department’s investigation to determine potential sources of the virus on board the ship.

The Federal Department of Agriculture said it would make a decision regarding the Al Kuwait early in the week.(Supplied: Rural Export and Trading, WA)

Tests showed the crew member once had the virus, but was now recovered.

The historical case brought the total number of Al Kuwait crew members who had been infected with COVID-19 to 21.

All but 10 of the 48 crew are quarantined in city hotels, with the exception of the crew member in hospital, while those who remain on the ship have all tested negative.

The Health Department said the historic case was no longer infectious and did not carry any risk to the WA public.

Yesterday’s case was the fourth “historic” COVID-19 case to be detected in WA.

Earlier this month, three other historical infections were detected in women, who had all recovered by the time their diagnosis was confirmed.

Fate of sheep unknown

A decision is yet to be made on the fate of the 56,000 sheep that were meant to have been transported to the Middle East on the Al Kuwait.

The sheep were meant to have left Australia by June 1, under the moratorium on the northern summer exports, but there is an exemption in the legislation for the independent regulator to grant approval for that ship to sail after that date.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment said it was still considering the application for an exemption, but expected a decision would be made early in the week.

The sheep are being held in quarantine in Baldivis, south of Perth.

WA Police minister Michelle Roberts speaks in front of a brick wall.
WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts said there were a number of options regarding the 56,000 ship due to be loaded onto the Al Kuwait.(ABC News: Andrew O’Connor)

WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts said they were in good health and a number of options were available with regard to moving the sheep.

“One of the options is to get another crew in for that ship,” Mrs Roberts said on Saturday.

“An alternate is to get another ship in.”

Mrs Roberts said the problem with getting another crew and still using the Al Kuwait was ensuring there would be no further spread of the virus.

“It’s a small galley on a ship like that, everyone’s served from the same kitchen,” she said.

“I think that probably the most likely outcome will be to get a fresh ship in. But any pathway forward will be based on health advice.”

Tony Seabrook from the WA Pastoralists and Graziers Association said an exemption should have been granted days ago.

“It’s been nine days since the disease was discovered on board the ship, it’s been a week since enough people knew about it, to know that something needed to be done,” Mr Seabrook said.

“What should have happened, is the department in Canberra should have been awake enough to have contacted the exporters and said: ‘We see a problem arising here, what do we need to do?’

“They should have been proactive and they haven’t, and to this point they have not made a decision about a simple thing like an exemption.”

Mr Seabrook said the longer the delay, the harder it was going to be to get the sheep exported, and that would have ramifications for local farmers.

“If they don’t leave the country, then they have to be fed back into the system here which will cost producers a great deal of money because it will depress prices here.”

He described the situation as “extraordinary” and called for a decision to be made as a matter of urgency.

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