At approximately 2:48 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the Winder Police Department, Winder Fire Department and Barrow County EMS responded to the Fort Yargo State Park beach area in reference to a report of a child drowning in the designated swim area of the park. Fort Yargo Park employees also responded to the scene.
A Winder Police Officer arrived within one minute of the call being dispatched. A citizen visiting the park had already begun CPR efforts on the two-year-old male child who was unresponsive at the time. A Winder Officer assisted with the CPR until Barrow County EMS arrived. Barrow County EMS continued the CPR efforts while transporting the child by ambulance to the Barrow Regional Medical Center. Hospital staff and EMS were unable to revive the child and the child was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The Winder Police Department and the Department of Natural Resources are still actively investigating this case to determine additional facts. The child’s family was present at the time of the incident and are cooperating with authorities in this matter. A department chaplain has been contacted and has responded for the benefit of the family and the first responders who were involved.
No further information is being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
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