LAKELAND, GA (WALB) - Officials confirmed a two-year-old girl drowned Thursday afternoon amid storms that rolled through South Georgia.
Lanier County Sheriff Nick Norton said it happened around 5 p.m. in the Alapaha River by Highway 37 near Lakeland.
According to a report, a family was spending time by the river near a bridge when storms rolled through the area.
They took shelter under a bridge nearby, and lost track of their 2-year-old daughter.
When they couldn't find her, they called the sheriff's office for help.
Deputies eventually found the young girl dead in the river downstream.
Sheriff Norton called the death a tragic incident.
The name of the girl or her family was not immediately released.