by: Steve Gehlbach Updated:
BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. - A day at the beach to celebrate a local girl’s fourth birthday almost turned tragic when she nearly drowned.
Corey Brumlow, of Bartow County, said his daughter apparently followed him out into deeper water at Red Top Mountain State Park on Saturday afternoon. His wife got distracted with their infant son.
“I looked up at my wife, and I didn’t see Caylee anywhere,” Brumlow said.
After a minute of searching, the couple’s older son spotted the girl in about 6-feet deep water and a woman with only one arm was holding her out of the water. Brumlow said he dove back in.
“I swam out and got her and told the lady that was my daughter,” he said.
Caylee wasn’t breathing when they got her back to the sand, but they turned her on her side and she began to vomit up water. Rescuers took the girl to a hospital in Cobb County, then to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite to get checked out. A few hours later, she appeared to be back to normal.
The family now wants to find the woman who helped save Caylee.
“I hope and pray to God that we find her, but if we can’t, that’s more a sign to me that (she) was my daughter’s guardian angel,” said Brumlow.