Boy drowns at Youngtown

A YOUNG boy  drowned at a residential property in the Launceston suburb of Youngtown yesterday.

Distressed family and friends were seen gathering outside the home in Chestnut Road in the afternoon.  Friends of the family chose not to offer a comment.

Launceston CIB's Detective Inspector Scott Flude said investigations were continuing.

 He would not provide details of the incident.

Yesterday's drowning follows that of a Norwegian man in the Hawkesbury River and two fishermen on the Central Coast of  New South Wales on Friday.

The last Tasmanian drowning was of a 17-month-old at New Norfolk  on February 25.

According to the   Royal Life Saving Australia National Drowning Report 2013 , 291 people drowned in Australian waterways over the 2012-13 financial year.

In Tasmania there were nine drownings over that period.

Of the nationwide drowning deaths, 11 per cent were children aged up to four and 3 per cent were five to 14-year-olds.

The majority of drownings occur in rivers and streams, followed by the ocean and swimming pools.

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