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Searchers recover body of 6-year-old girl who fell into Lake Anna
UPDATE: Searchers have recovered the body of the 6-year-old girl who fell into Lake Anna, Louisa Sheriff’s Maj. Donald Lowe said.
A member of the Louisa County dive team found her about 4:40 p.m., Lowe said. She was found about 100 feet from the bridge in about 31 feet of water in a very swift current, he said.
The girl had been fishing with her 18-year-old sister and her grandparents, all of whom are from Richmond, Lowe said.
He would not release the girl’s name until her mother could be reached. The mother was out of town on a cruise, he said.
The child’s body was to be transported to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond where an autopsy will be performed. Lowe said it appeared that she drowned.
Marine units from Louisa and Spotsylvania counties are currently searching Lake Anna for a 6-year-old girl who fell into the water about 3 p.m. today, Louisa Sheriff’s Maj. Donald Lowe said.
He said the girl was fishing with family members when she slipped and fell into the water. She fell at what’s known as Dike 3, which is the point that separates the cold and warm sides of the lake. The girl fell into the cold side.
“It is still a rescue mission at this time,” Lowe said at 3:45 p.m. He noted that there have been cold water saves after this much time has elapsed. He was concerned, however, because there is a strong outward current at that point of the lake.
The Louisa County fire and rescue department and the Virginia Conservation Police are also part of the search, Lowe said.
The Virginia State Police Search and Recovery Dive team is assisting, state police Sgt. Thomas Molnar said.