PUBLISHED: 11:05 EST, 14 August 2012 | UPDATED: 12:05 EST, 14 August 2012
A mother and her 11-month-old son drowned during a family fishing trip after she ran into the river with the baby in her arms while trying to save her three-year-old son – who is currently in critical condition in hospital.
Krystal Brown, 30, and her baby son Mister Brown, from Russell County, Georgia, were atChattahoochee River on Sunday when her three-year-old son Davie wandered into the water.
When she saw her son, Krystal waded in after him but all three pulled under the water by the strong currents.
Krystal and Mister were later recovered by divers from the Columbus Fire Department and pronounced dead at the scene.
Drowning: Krystal Brown died while trying to save her three-year-old son Davie, right, who is in critical condition in hospital. Her 11-month-old, not pictured, did not survive
Tragic accident: The mother and her two sons were trying to fight the swift currents of Chattahoochee River as her husband jumped in to try and save them all
Grandfather of the children Davie Brown told WTVM.com the family are hoping and praying this three-year-old grandson makes a full recovery as the family mourn for the loss of their other loved ones.
He said the mother and her two sons were trying to fight the swift currents of the river as her husband jumped in to try and save them.
Explaining what happened, he said: ‘Krystal just immediately jumped in the river and he said by the time he got there…She just slipped away and when he fought his way up, trying to save his own life at the time and the baby was gone that way and he said it just wasn’t anything he could do.’
Family: Krystal Brown, front center, leaves behind five children and her husband, pictured. She died with her 11-month-old son, not pictured
Hopes: Grandfather Davie Brown said the family are praying the three-year-old will make a full recovery
Speaking about three-year-old Davie, who is recovering in Egleston’s Children’s hospital, he said:‘I’m trusting God that he will revive my grandson and that he will give him the opportunity to live on a little while longer.’
A drop-off in the water, about 15 feet deep, is believed to have caused the victims to go under water, according to police.
Columbus Fire Marshall Ricky Shores told WTVM about the rescue attempt of the mother and children.
‘The divers were able to locate the victims within two minutes of hitting the water so we were very fortunate in that respect however, they were underwater for approximately 30 minutes,’ he said.
Krystal leaves behind five other children.