A Georgia grandmother has died after she jumped into a lake — despite not knowing how to swim — to try and rescue her drowning 13-year-old granddaughter, authorities and family said.
Stephanie Walker, 49, and her granddaughter, Makayla Prather, had been fishing together in West Point Lake on June 11 when the teen somehow ended up in the water and “became distressed,” news station WSB-TV reported.
Walker dove into the water to save the 13-year-old, but also began to struggle.
First responders who were summoned to the lake at 2 p.m. found the grandmother not breathing and rushed her to Well Star West Georgia Medical Center.
Prather’s body was recovered from the lake by divers at 7:30 p.m. after a five-hour multi-agency search.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Snejana Farberov