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Drowning victim identified
Fell into water while on tubing trip
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Forsyth County News

A 9-year-old Peachtree City girl drowned Friday afternoon after falling into the Chattahoochee River while tubing, authorities said.

 

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim House said Anna Vanhorn was part of a group on the river that included three other children and two 19-year-old women, one from Cumming and the other from Suwanee.

 

He said the matter is being investigated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  

 

Forsyth County Coroner Lauren McDonald said Vanhorn was pronounced dead at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where she had been taken after being pulled from the river.

 

She was reported missing about 4:30 p.m., said Forsyth Fire Capt. Jason Shivers, and the search lasted about an hour.

 

Shivers said the child was wearing a flotation device, which the fire department’s swiftwater rescue team spotted under the water behind homes on River Cliff Court off James Burgess Road.

 

He said the girl was removed from the river just after 5:30 p.m. and taken to the hospital.

 

Shivers said the team began its search in the Chattahoochee off McGinnis Ferry Road, at the Fulton County line, and worked north, hoping Vanhorn was floating south.

 

“We continued north and about 25 minutes into the incident we were notified that she possibly was at the shore at the Old Settles bridge,” Shivers said.

 

That report turned out to be false and the team resumed making its way up the river.

 

The water where Vanhorn was found was about 7 feet deep, said McDonald, who was part of the fire department crew that found her.

 

The river separates Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. Public safety officials from Gwinnett and the nearby city of Johns Creek also participated in the search, McDonald said.

 

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