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Male Missing off of Waters of St. Simon’s Island

UPDATE since the first report –

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, at about 6:00 P.M., Glynn County Police Officers and Emergency Medical Personnel responded to a call of swimmers in distress in the water off Saint Simons Island near Massengale Park. 34-year-old Aleisha Rankin of Jesup, Georgia and a toddler child were in the water and struggling to make it back to shore. 39-year-old Gregory Grant of Brunswick, along with others on the scene, entered the water to help. Mrs. Rankin and the child made it back to shore with the help of several people on the scene, and Mrs. Rankin was transported to the Southeast Georgia Health System – Brunswick Campus, in critical condition. Mrs. Rankin later passed away at the hospital. Mr. Grant, who entered the water to help, went underwater and did not resurface.

Several agencies, including the Glynn County Police and Fire Departments, Emergency Management, Search and Recovery, U.S. Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Sea Tow worked into the night searching for Mr. Grant. They used boats, drones, and helicopters in the search.

On Monday, May 14, 2018, at about 7:30 A.M. family members on the beach spotted Mr. Grant’s body in the water. Mr. Grant was recovered by Glynn County Search and Recovery and Georgia Department of Natural Resources personnel and pronounced deceased on scene.


First report –

On Sunday, May 13, 2018 at about 6:00 P.M., Glynn County Police Officers and Emergency Medical Personnel responded to a call of swimmers in distress in the water off Saint Simons Island near Massengale Park.

According to Brian Scott, Chief of Staff, Glynn County Police Department, an adult female and toddler child were in the water having difficulties making it backing to shore. An adult male, in his 30’s, entered the water to help. The female and child made it back to shore with the help of several people on scene, and the adult female was transported to the Southeast Georgia Health System – Brunswick Campus, in critical condition. The male who entered the water to help went underwater and did not resurface.

Several agencies, including the Glynn County Police and Fire Departments, Emergency Management, Search and Recovery, U.S. Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Sea Tow are on scene searching for the missing male. They are utilizing boats, drones, and helicopters in the search.

Jay Wiggins, Director of the Glynn County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, is asking residents and visitors to be on the lookout for the missing male, who was wearing a white t-shirt. At this time, the name of the missing male is not being released as search and recovery efforts continue.

 

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