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Missing detail in this lagoon photo that could have saved Ali Aminzadah’s life before the boy drowned in Melbourne – as his heartbroken parents demand answers


The family of a boy who drowned in a lagoon hit out at the local council, claiming their son would still be alive if a better fence had been built around the site.

Four-year-old Ali Aminzadah, from Swan Hill in Victoria’s north-west, was visiting family in Officer, Melbourne’s south-east, with his parents on Sunday afternoon when he wandered off.

After 30 agonizing minutes, Ali was found unresponsive in the chain of ponds that gave the adjacent Lagoon Row its name.

He was only 50 meters from his relatives’ home.

His family is furious that only a thin wire fence stood between the lagoon and the surrounding houses.

Ali’s family and shocked local residents now want the council to improve the fencing around the wetlands in the hope that a similar tragedy will not happen again.

Ali Aminzadah (pictured) drowned on Sunday after wandering from his family’s home to nearby wetlands.

Ali's devastated family is demanding answers as to why only a thin wire fence stood between the lagoon and the surrounding houses.

Ali’s devastated family is demanding answers as to why only a thin wire fence stood between the lagoon and the surrounding houses.

The fence is made of thin wire and some sections are crumbling or have gaps large enough for a child to climb through.

Ali’s parents remembered the youngster as a «funny» child with a «big smile».

Neighbor Tammy Gauld described the lack of fencing around the lagoon as «an accident waiting to happen.»

«You see kids around the lake quite often,» she told 7News.

“I really think the council needs to look at the fencing to see what they can do, build something better than what’s there.

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«A lot of young families live here, you often see them walking around with their small children every day, so it’s very worrying if a child manages to escape from their parents, there is a lot of water that attracts them.»

Cardinia Shire Council, which is responsible for maintaining the fence around the wetlands, offered its condolences to Ali’s family.

However, their concerns about the fence have not yet been addressed.

«This is absolutely tragic news,» Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Jack Kowarzik said.

“On behalf of the council and the local community, I offer my sincere condolences to the boy’s family at this devastating time.

“The Cardinia Shire community has been deeply affected by this terrible incident which has happened so close to home.

“I would also like to acknowledge the impact of this incident on the first responders and the brave efforts of the emergency service personnel who attended the scene.

Victoria Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Ali climbed over the fence into the lagoon while his family frantically searched for him for 30 minutes

Ali climbed over the fence into the lagoon while his family frantically searched for him for 30 minutes



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