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Girl, 11, dies in spa tragedy


A girl drowned as she played in the spa at a newly built luxury apartment block after her hair got sucked into a pump. Shannon Rankin, 11, was playing with a friend at the Sevan apartment block in Head St, Forster, on the mid-North Coast, about 3pm on Saturday.

While police are still investigating the incident, it is believed she became trapped by her hair as it was sucked into the pump’s intake.

Superintendent Allan Fiddock said the girl was duck-diving when her friend noticed she had become trapped and could not resurface.

Several adults were unable to free the girl. The pump was turned off but she still could not be freed.

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