2-year-old girl drowns in river

2-year-old girl drowns in river
According to a report, a family was spending time by the river near a bridge when storms rolled through the area.
According to a report, a family was spending time by the river near a bridge when storms rolled through the area.

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.

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