Son with special needs drowns in lake; father fighting for life

Son with special needs drowns in lake; father fighting for life
Published: Jul. 22, 2018 at 7:50 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2018 at 4:09 PM EDT
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LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - A 21-year-old man with special needs has drowned in Lake Anna in Louisa County.

Officials say crews were called to Jerdone Island off Moody Town Road  1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

The father called and said his son with special needs, identified as Ryan David Murray, fell into the water on the boat dock, and while on the phone with 911, he went in after his son.

"The father was hanging on to a boat in the water himself. They were able to get the son onto the dock," Louisa County Sheriff's Stg. Charles Love said.

Emergency crews tried to revive the son, but they were unable to save him. Officials say the son had severe disabilities.

"A witness at the time told rescue there was another individual that was present, so they did locate the father also in the water," Love said.

Crews were able to get a faint pulse from the father. He was flown to VCU Medical Center where he is in critical condition.

There's no word on how the son got into the water.

Police said neither the father or son were wearing a life jacket.

"The son was not a swimmer and the father was not a strong swimmer," Love said.

Police now want to send a reminder of the importance of a life jacket.

"Make sure you wear a life preserver when you're anywhere near water and can't swim. I can not stress that enough," Love said.

Deputies believe this was an accident.

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