Rescuer dies trying to save woman, toddler from drowning

A man died attempting to rescue a woman and a child on St. Simons Island.

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A man died attempting to rescue a woman and a child on St. Simons Island.

A man died trying to save a woman and a toddler in a body of water off St. Simons Island near Massengale Park, the Glynn County Police Department said in a news release Monday.

About 6 p.m. Sunday, Gregory Grant, 39, of Brunswick, and several others entered the water after he saw Aleisha Rankin, 34, of Jesup, and the child struggling to make it back to shore, Glynn County police spokesman Brian Scott said.

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Aleisha Rankin (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Aleisha Rankin (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

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Aleisha Rankin (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Rankin and the child made it back to shore, but Grant went underwater and did not surface, police said.

Rankin was rushed to Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick campus in critical condition, but she later died.

The next day, about 7:30 a.m., family on St. Simons Island spotted Grant’s body in the water. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The toddler remained in the hospital, Channel 2 Action News reported.

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