Man, woman die saving stranger’s child from drowning on Mother’s – WSMV News 4
(Meredith) -A man and woman sacrificed their lives to save a toddler from drowning in the ocean off Georgia’s coast on Mother’s Day.Several families were celebrating the holiday on the beach of St. Simons Island on Sunday evening when they witnessed 34-year-old Aleisha Rankin fighting to stay afloat.She jumped in the water to save a little girl, who began to drown while playing with a group of unattended children, according to The Brunswick News. “All I heard was there was a baby in the water,” witness Travis Williams told the newspaper. Good Samaritans plunged into the water as high tide approached to rescue Rankin and the toddler, including 39-year-old Gregory Grant. Witnesses said at one point Grant vanished beneath the waves and didn’t resurface. “The undercurrent, it was so strong,” Williams said. “We couldn’t grab him.” Williams said he and others managed to bring Rankin and the child to shore on the beach, roughly 70 miles south of Savannah. He said he watched as two nurses performed CPR in an effort to revive the woman.Rankin, a mother of four, later died at the hospital. The toddler survived without any serious injuries. Rankin’s first cousin, Von Walker, said their family is heartbroken but they have some peace knowing Rankin gave her life to save someone else’s. “She always put herself aside when it came to anybody’s child, not just her own,” Walker said. “That’s just the mother in her. She did what any mother would do — on Mother’s Day.” READ MORE….