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Girl, 9, dies after submersion in Kerr Lake

Posted June 16, 2008

— A 9-year-old girl died after being submerged in Kerr Lake for 12 to 14 minutes on Sunday night, authorities said.

Rescuers pulled the girl out of the water near Hibernia Road shortly before 8 p.m. The girl was unresponsive but started breathing again after medical workers performed CPR, according to the Vance County Sheriff's Office.

A helicopter from UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill was initially called out for the girl, but she was transported by ambulance to the Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson.

The girl died at the hospital, a supervisor said.

The girl and her family had been staying at a campsite at Kerr Lake, deputies said.


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  • ncemt5855 Jun 19, 2008

    wral reported this incident wrong...Aircare was called by EMS while EMS was enroute...Victim NEVER took a breath after being pulled from the lake...Victim did not die at the hospital...code was called in the field by paramedics onscene after contacting their online medical control...victims body was transported by EMS to the morgue and not to the ER...Victim was being watched/supervised by her father who was in the water with her when it happened. so SEANKELLY15 i hope i answered your news worth questiong. how do i know the answers? I was there and I helped in the efforts to save this beautiful child's life....Thanks to Townsville VFD, Vance Co. Rescue, and Vance Co. Fire/EMS...God bless and be with all of my fellow rescuers....We Did All We Could, now she is with her holy father on father's day.

  • jockeyshiftspringer Jun 17, 2008

    Prayers sent.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Jun 17, 2008

    Everyone needs to use the "buddy-system" when swimming. All Camps have these lakes that kids and counselors swim in they have measures in place. Plus too many lakes are unknown and not a good idea to go diving into them. Plus if you swim in a Lake, I also suggest you consider a life vest to wear as well. People are so clue-less to water safety.

    As for Rev RB....Stop praying and start showing some action....

  • NCSULandscaper Jun 16, 2008

    BTW - Kerr Lake is filthy.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

    Good, then stay away from around here then.

    Ill be praying for the family tonight. All lakes have holes, the holes are caused by rotten tree stumps that leave a void and it becomes dangerous.

  • shine Jun 16, 2008

    anne 53 - PFD's [personal flotation devices] should be used and you are EXACTLY right. It is a law in NC when you are in a boat for 13 and younger..... If I am running my boat from fishing spot to another I always wear a vest if my boat is underpower.... It is a law in Alabama, I think Ga. has the same law. NO matter your age -

    I think the worst thing is the lack of adult supervision, but you are right again - I grew up swimming in ponds and lakes - and if someone dives under the water - they vanish until they resurface.....

  • shine Jun 16, 2008

    This is tragic. "Camphost" [on golo] who host at campgrounds at Kerr Lake said this happens every year she has worked there. It is direct result of parental NON supervision. This actually happened at the campground next to the one she was hosting....

    A horrible thing -

  • anne53ozzy Jun 16, 2008

    Who cares what lake is filthy? This sound like a group on a playground arguinig about who is "stupider" !
    The scarey thing about lakes is you are unable to see very far below the surface. I was so scared the one time I took sister's 2 little ones to the lake that we left early.
    They want to go under the water and swim and play...You can't see them!!! This is just the nature of a lake, clean or not.
    Life preservers or belts should be required of all children under the age of 13 (?) unless the parents can present proof of swimming lessons and basic water safety completed by these kids.

  • sfate61 Jun 16, 2008

    I use to go to Kerr Lake years ago. All you have to do is slip your foot in one of those holes it will take you under if you don't catch yourself. It's nothing but soft mud under your feet.But I will take Kerr Lake than Falls Lake anyday. Whole lot cleaner than Falls!!!!!!!!!

  • seankelly15 Jun 16, 2008

    Mobile Geek - The death occurred on public land and as such is a public event. It is news. Particulary newsworthy is the question, why wasn't air flight used? Who decided to transport a critical child via an ambulance. Were minutes lost, would it have made a difference? These are legitimate questions that would not be asked if this story was not reported. You have indicated that you do not read the stories - fine, but you are also asking that no one read the story.

  • Mobile Geek Jun 16, 2008

    Gee, there just isn't enough news on WRAL about kids dying. Terrible what the media will report to attract readers and viewers. Exploitation of dead children for the benefit of ratings and sponsorship. There is enough bad news in the world from which to make money without having to report stuff like this. Instead of taking the attitude "if we don't report it someone else will", how about being a leader in setting an example by not reporting it.

    My heart breaks every time I see these headlines. I can't even bring myself to read the stories. I have kids, and the last thing I would want is my children exploited in such a manner. But like the politicians, the media has to get in on the gig too.