CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. — Two sisters were taken to the hospital and one later died, Friday, after being pulled from the Chattahoochee River in Carroll County.

According to Tim Padgett of Carroll County Emergency Management Agency, the recovery happened at McIntosh Reserve Park. The sisters, ages 14 and 6, were visiting from their home in Newnan, camping with their family at the park. The park is located along the Chattahoochee River in Whitesburg, Ga. 

They had been riding a floating tube down the river when they fell off and lost control.

Witnesses said they saw the two girls floating face-down far from the bank. People who were there said the 14-year-old, later identified by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office as Alyssa Calhoun, tried to grab on to the 6-year-old's hand to save her.

A nearby camper jumped in to rescue the 6-year-old. A woman further down the river pulled the teen out, but it was too late.


Officials with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the 14-year-old has since died and the 6-year-old is in the intensive care unit at Egleston. 

Park rangers and deputies, along with other campers, pulled the sisters from the river and performed CPR on them. 

The younger girl was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where she remains in the Intensive Care Unit. The other was taken to Atlanta Medical Center.

On Saturday, the teen's school, Newnan High, took to Twitter to ask people to "keep the family of Alyssa Calhoun in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult tragedy."


The school says it will have counselors will be available to students during class hours on Monday.