Girl Drowns in Lake Anna After Falling while Fishing
Crews search for a 6-year-old girl who fell into Lake Anna Monday afternoon
A day at the lake in Louisa County has turned tragic. The Louisa County Sheriff's Office confirms a 6-year-old girl drowned after she slipped and fell into Lake Anna Monday afternoon.
Investigators say the child was fishing along Dike 3 with her grandparents and 18-year-old sister. Just after 2:30 p.m., she slipped and fell onto the rocks. She then fell into the water and was pulled under. The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office marine unit, Louisa County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia Conservation Police all responded to the call.
Investigators confirm that a bystander jumped into the lake to save her but was unable. When he couldn't rescue the girl, her grandfather jumped in.
"The grandfather stepped in to try and rescue both of them and unfortunately they couldn't rescue the child," said Major Donald Lowe of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.
Even though Dike 3 is one of the most popular fishing areas on the lake, police say it's also the most dangerous, because of a very strong undertow that lies underneath the bridge.
"If you fall into the water it basically works like a super undertow and it'll spin you around like in the washing machine and it will suck you straight to the bottom and, so a swimmer wouldn't have a chance in this," said Lowe.
Dive teams searched the area for almost two hours. The girl was found in water that was 32 feet deep around 4:40 p.m. When crews pulled the girl's body onto shore her grandparents and sister were able to spend time with her and say a prayer.
"They were just out here fishing and they were just out there trying to do something with the family on Memorial Day," said Lowe.
Investigators say her mother is currently on a cruise so they have not be able to reach her. The girl's name will not be released until investigators can successfully notify the family.
The 6-year-old kindergartner attended a Richmond elementary school and her sister attends a high school in Richmond. Police are working to notify both of the schools to make sure grief counseling is available.
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