A toddler who died after being pulled unresponsive from a lagoon in Queensland has been remembered as a “rambunctious little boy”.
Witnesses described hearing a gut-wrenching scream when Ashtin Pitt, aged 22 months, was found in Maryborough’s Ululah Lagoon on Saturday afternoon.
His disappearance that day had sparked a frantic search involving his family, police and community members.
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“I was up the hill a bit when I heard the screams from the mother,” a witness told 7NEWS.com.au.
“It was a heartbreaking scream. I knew straight away, when she screamed, that it was bad. When I got there, they literally pulled him out and started the CPR.”
The witness said family members, who had been attending a gathering at the park, had found the boy in the water.
They pulled him “lifeless and blue” from the lagoon, she said.
Paramedics worked on Ashtin for a short time before taking him to hospital, where he was declared dead.
A memorial has been set up at the lagoon, adorned with flowers and plush toys.
“He was a rambunctious little boy, full of energy, that made everyone’s life better,” said one anonymous tribute.
The family has told 7NEWS they will set up a petition calling for fencing to be installed around the lagoon.
Police are preparing a report for the coroner.