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Friends and family mourn the loss of two loved ones who drowned on Mother’s Day on SSI

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Friends and family are mourning the lives of two people who sacrificed their lives while trying to save a toddler near Massengale Park in St. Simon’s Island on Mother’s Day. The Glynn County Police say 39-year-old Gregory Grant of Brunswick drowned while trying to rescue 34-year-old Aleisha Rankin, of Jesup, and a young child who was struggling to make it back to shore Sunday evening. The toddler and Rankin made it back to shore with the help of family members who also went into the water to save them, but Rankin died at the hospital, and Grant went missing.

Local Authorities, community members and friends and family searched through the night to find Grant, but to no avail.  The family found his body in the early morning hours on the beach.

Grant was the father of two children, and his mother and friends said they are not surprised he died trying to save someone from drowning in the ocean. WJXT4 Elizabeth Campbell spoke to both his mom & friend in the News4jax report.


The Glynn County EMA and Homeland Security posted these words on their Facebook page:  “Our thoughts and prayers are with both of the families of these tragic drownings. Words can not express how selfless both of these individuals were, to place their lives on the line to help their fellow man. They made the ultimate sacrifice, and should be remembered as heroes. Bless them both and their families. Please be safe around water, educate yourself and your families to the dangers involved.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with their friends and families as well.

All on Georgia-Glynn recently reported another near drowning off of the waters of St. Simon’s Island a few weeks back. Please spread the word and share this information on how to stay safe in the water.

Rip Current Survival Guide

As summer vacations begin and you head out for the beach, have fun, but be sure you know how to stay safe.Rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues. Learn how to spot one, and how to escape one if you happen to be caught in it, by watching this video.

Posted by NOAA Ocean Today on Saturday, June 11, 2016

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Carrie Magalski is the Media and Public Relations Contact for All on Georgia- Glynn County. A speaker and the author of "Heaven's Angels" book, her inspiring articles, writings and radio interviews are featured in various multi-media venues. Her leadership roles encompasses higher education, broadcast communications, business, and corporate trainings through Coastal Pines Technical College. She is a seasoned professional with excellent relationship building skills and creates and enhances strategic growth through partnerships with community, corporate and governmental agencies through various multimedia modalities. She is the owner of Immersion Enterprises, LLC- which provides corporate trainings, PR and marketing, as well as ecotourism and experiential education services through Turtle Tides Amelia. Carrie serves on the Board of Directors of Back in His Arms Again, a ministry that helps families suffering from infant loss.

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