By Michael Pickering On The Gold Coast
Published: 07:04 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 07:04 BST, 2 May 2021
In making a visit to SeaWorld, six-year-old Deklan Babington-MacDonald was doing what thousands of Gold Coast locals do every weekend, little knowing that a souvenir of his trip would prematurely end his life.
While the Gold Coast is famous as the home of Australia's biggest theme parks, SeaWorld is the most popular with locals because it's conveniently located on The Spit not far from Surfer's Paradise.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The six-year-old was playing with the toy at home on ANZAC Day when the accident occurred
SeaWorld is a popular theme park for locals on the Gold Coast because of its close location
DreamWorld and MovieWorld, by comparison, are located at Coomera on the northern Gold Coast and require bigger planning for a 'day trip'. When the kids are crawling up the walls, SeaWorld is the easy option for a couple of hours of entertainment out of the house.
Dolphins, penguins, polar bears, seals and sting rays never fail to entertain young children.
Deklan likely reached into the open touch pool at ever-popular Ray Reef, where visitors can pat the backs of sting-rays as they glide around the pool.
Deklan's mother Lauren (right) had kept a bedside vigil beside her son since last Sunday
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Deklan was known as a high-spirited kid who had just started Term 2 of Year 1 at school
The toy was similar to this one pictured
He would have pressed his face to glass at