Woman dies attempting to save child at beach
Published 6:31 pm Tuesday, September 1, 2020
FORT MORGAN, Ala. (AP) — A Tennessee woman died Saturday at an Alabama beach after she and other beach-goers attempted to form a human chain to rescue a child, authorities said.
Karen Graham, 53, of Collierville, Tenn., died at a hospital after being recovered from the water at Fort Morgan Beach, Baldwin County Coroner Brian Pierce told news outlets.
Coast Guard Sector Mobile said a 9-year-old was reportedly swept out by a current. The agency said about 20 people attempted to form a human chain to rescue the child but they were swept out further by the waves.
The Coast Guard launched a boat from Dauphin Island and a medical helicopter from Air Station New Orleans to assist in the rescue but a private craft nearby recovered everyone.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said another person was also hospitalized but additional information wasn’t immediately released.