| New Zealand News | Wednesday October 10 2012 14:11
A coroner has called for concerted vigilance when supervising children near water.
Whangarei coroner Brandt Shortland released his findings into the death of a 4-year-old boy Laylyn Taurere who drowned at Lake Waro Scenic Reserve near Hikurangi on Christmas Eve in 2009.
During a family day out, Laylyn's mother saw him at the lake's edge and then assumed he went to a nearby skate-park with his older siblings.
He was later discovered submerged in the water and taken to hospital but was unable to be revived.
Coroner Shortland says despite the best efforts of a parent to supervise, it's so easy for small children to slip out of sight and out of attention of those watching.