Man drowns trying to save boy at Callaway Gardens

By Andrew Wittenberg  - bio | email | Twitter

PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (WTVM) - Harris County Coroner James Carver says a 21-year-old man from East Point, Georgia drowned as he tried to rescue a 9-year-old boy in Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens.

Rico Cruz and an unnamed 14-year-old tried to help a little boy who was struggling in the water. The 14-year-old grabbed hold of the boy and brought him to shallow water, but Cruz was no where to be found.

Cruz was pronounced dead at 2:40 p.m on the fourth of July.

When reached for comment, Callaway Gardens Media & Public Relations representative Rachel Crumbley said, "The case is being handled by local authorities and our deepest sympathies go out to the family."