A three-year-old boy is being mourned by the community after he drowned in the NSW Hunter region on Christmas Day.
Oscar Philp, who has been described by family as “our little angel”, was found unresponsive near Fishing Point Rd in Rathmines about 6.30pm and pulled unconscious from the water.
Oscar had wandered away from his parents’ waterfront Lake Macquarie property on Christmas night.
Bystanders rendered first aid while emergency services arrived, but Oscar was unable to be revived and died at the scene.
Flowers and bears have been left near the water near where he was found.
Devastated stepmother Indianna Conway, 26, took to social media to pay tribute to “our little baby”.
“Goodbye sweet darling Oscar, we love you always our little angel,” she wrote.
In another post, Ms Conway described the emotional and financial burden of the loss and shared a GoFundMe for the boy, which her aunt had set up.
“As most of you have probably heard by now we lost our little baby on Christmas Day,” she said.
“My Aunty has set up a go fund me account as you can all imagine we have had to take work off and have a lot of bills ahead.
“Any amount of donation would be appreciated. Thank you all that have posted or left flowers and bears down at the water, we appreciate it all.”
The GoFundMe described Oscar as “beautiful”.
The creator Hon Milosevski asked for donations to give Oscar a “beautiful send off” and to reduce “further stress off of them (the family) as they have enough to deal with at this very sad time”.
“As you can imagine it has devastated this poor young family, their lives will never be the same,” she wrote.
A report will be prepared for the coroner in relation to the tragic incident.