A 4-year-old girl drowned on Thursday along with her grandfather who jumped into a neighbor’s pool in Maryland to try to save her.
Anne Arundel County Officials identified them as 51-year-old Lemuel Kane and his granddaughter, Aryannah Wooten.
Neither of them knew how to swim, officials said. Neighborhood children were swimming when Aryannah Wooten jumped into the deep end, police said.
Officials said minutes went by before anyone noticed the girl in the pool, according to Fox 5 DC.
Lemuel Kane went in after his 4-year-old granddaughter, but he began struggling himself. Anne Arundel County police spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure said the other kids then ran to the girl’s great-grandmother for help, who found the two at the bottom of the pool and called 911.
Rescuers pulled them from the pool and rushed them to the hospital, where officials say they were pronounced dead. Police are saying it was a tragic accident for all involved.
Police say they want this to serve as a reminder of the importance of learning how to swim and taking proper safety precautions.
"This is something when you have a tragedy, you try to at least get something out of it," said Frashure. "So it's a great opportunity to make sure, with it being summertime, the kids know how to swim, and if they don't, you want to make sure you have the proper safety precautions around the pool to make sure while they are having fun, they are also being safe as well." Reported by Fox Baltimore.
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