Grandmother dies days after diving into Georgia lake to save her granddaughter who drowned


Hero grandmother dies days after diving into a Georgia lake in desperate bid to save her granddaughter, 13, who tragically drowned

  • A grandmother has died after she tried saving her granddaughter who drowned
  • Stephanie Walker, 49, dived into a lake in Georgia after Makayla Prather, 13
  • Makayla sadly drowned on June 11 while Stephanie died a week later on June 18 

A Grandmother has died following a week in intensive care after heroically trying to save her granddaughter who drowned in a lake.

Stephanie Walker was found unresponsive and not breathing on June 11 after she had jumped in to West Point Lake in Georgia after Makayla Prather.

Authorities said Stephanie entered the lake after her 13-year-old granddaughter became panicked while swimming. 

The 49-year-old never recovered after the initial drowning incident despite a week in hospital and died on June 18, according to local media reports.

Grandmother Stephanie Walker, 49, died a week after trying to save her granddaughter Makayla Pranther, 13, who drowned in a Georgia lake

Grandmother Stephanie Walker, 49, died a week after trying to save her granddaughter Makayla Pranther, 13, who drowned in a Georgia lake

Makayla Prather tragically drowned at West Point Lake on June 11, her body was recovered by a dive team later that day

Makayla Prather tragically drowned at West Point Lake on June 11, her body was recovered by a dive team later that day

Stephanie was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being pulled from the water (pictured), but sadly died a week later CBS46 News reported

Stephanie was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being pulled from the water (pictured), but sadly died a week later CBS46 News reported

‘We believe one of the victims entered the water from the shoreline, became distressed,’ said Troup County Sheriff’s Deputy Stewart Smith in a statement last week to the LaGrange News about the initial incident.

Smith said they believed Stephanie had become distressed after she jumped into the lake.

‘And the second victim entered the water in an attempt to help them and became distressed themselves.’

Authorities acknowledged that information on what occurred was limited because no one was there when it happened.

‘There was no eye witness to the incident,’ Smith said.

According to Smith, the Sheriff’s office received the call about the incident from someone who had been with the victims just before the accident happened.

‘Our caller who had been with the two prior to the event taking place, had just returned to the location when he found the adult victim in the water,’ he said.

The Troup County Sheriff’s Office was notified about the incident around 2.00pm in the afternoon that day, the LaGrange Daily News reported.

According to WSB-TV, when law enforcement got to the lake they found the grandmother unresponsive.

The police said there were no eye witnesses to the incident, but one person had seen the pair just beforehand

The police said there were no eye witnesses to the incident, but one person had seen the pair just beforehand

It is believed that Makayla became distressed while in the water and then Stephanie entered the lake to try and save her

It is believed that Makayla became distressed while in the water and then Stephanie entered the lake to try and save her 

Stephanie was taken to Well Star West Georgia Medical Center, where she died on Saturday, more than a week after the accident.

It took a few hours longer for the rescue teams to locate Makayla, who was not found until later in the evening on Saturday, June 11.

Rodrikeus Prather, Stephanie’s son, has now organised a fundraiser to help cover funeral expenses, he said: ‘On Saturday, there was a tragic drowning at West Point lake.

‘My mom Stephanie Walker, a hero, jumped in the lake trying to save my niece. Unfortunately my mom has passed away this morning while fighting on life support and she is at peace, we ask that you keep us in prayer as we go through this tragic moment.

‘We are reaching out to our families, friends, and loved ones to help with funereal expenses for Stephanie walker the grandmother of my niece Makayla prather.

‘We appreciate and thank you for all your donations and prayers.’

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