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Girl, 13, Drowns, Woman Critically Injured At West Point Lake Tragedy

Updated: Jun 14, 2022

WEST POINT- What appears to be a tragic accident unfolded on Saturday just before 2 pm EST. on West Point lake as deputies with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, along with Troup County Fire Department and Troup County AMR were dispatched to West Point Lake near the 400 block of Lower Glass Bridge Road in regards to a possible drowning involving two victims.

"When deputies arrived they found a 40-year-old female identified as Stephanie Walker and she is still in critical condition at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center. Her granddaughter, Makayla “Kayla” Prather, 13, was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday. unresponsive and not breathing.

Utilizing boat operations, deputies and the Department of Natural Resources began searching for the other victim with no success. A dive team with the Columbus (GA) Fire and Rescue was requested and arrived on the scene at approximately 5 PM and began their search operations. Around 7:30 PM the 13-year-old female was recovered by the dive teams.

This appears to be a tragic accident and we have no further information to release at this time", Sergeant Stewart Smith, Public Information Officer with the Troup County Sheriff’s Department.

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