Ga. boy saves another child from drowning but dies in the process

Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 7:01 AM CDT
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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Crews have recovered the body of a 12-year-old who drowned in a Georgia lake while trying to help a child struggling in the water.

A state Department of Natural Resources law enforcement spokesman said Monday that Traetorin Mitchell, of Milledgeville, was at Lake Sinclair with his family on Sunday when he saw a younger child begin to struggle in the water.

The child was wearing a life jacket but having trouble getting back to the bank. Traetorin entered the lake, pushed the child toward the shore, but then went under the water himself and never resurfaced.

Crews began searching the lake using sonar Sunday evening, and Traetorin’s body recovered just before 11 a.m. Monday.

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