Courier Mail

Mum charged with throwing sons into river

Greg Stolz and AAP
21nov02
The Courier Mail

A WOMAN has been charged with attempted murder after she allegedly threw her two young sons into a Gold Coast river.

The 26-year-old woman, who is under police guard at Gold Coast Hospital, will face Southport Magistrates Court later today.

She was arrested after a dramatic rescue of the two boys, aged one and six, from the Coomera River yesterday afternoon.

The children and their mother were all taken to hospital and were in a stable condition today.

Horrified motorists, including the charged woman's estranged husband who was driving past at the time, said they saw a woman throw the boys from the Coomera River bridge into the river and jump after them.

David Gawler and his friend Joe Lijewski dived into the river to save the trio, as did three police officers who rushed to the scene.

"I couldn't believe my eyes," said Mr Gawler, who was heading south on the Pacific Motorway and did an abrupt U-turn when he saw the incident.

"We just jumped off the bridge to try and save them. It was unbelievable."

The three had plunged about 10m into the river.

The baby was floating face-down and his brother was clutching the woman as Mr Gawler, Mr Lijewski and three police officers dived in.

Coomera police sergeant Andrew Blake was alerted to the drama when a passing motorist bashed on the door of his station, less than 200m from the bridge.

Sgt Blake and colleagues Mark Penfold and Jeff Brier-Mills jumped into the river fully clothed.

"The baby was floating face-down and she was with the other child," Sgt Blake said.

"We didn't know what was happening. We just jumped straight in."

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