Girl, 4, and grandfather who drowned in neighbor's Severna Park pool ID'd


SEVERNA PARK, Md. (WBFF) -- It was a heartbreaking loss in Anne Arundel County Thursday.

A young girl and her grandfather both drowned in a neighbor's swimming pool in Severna Park.

They were identified Friday as 4-year-old Aryannah Wooten and 51-year-old Lemuel Kane.

The incident happened in the Berrywood South subdivision just before 2 p.m.

Police are calling it a tragic accident for all involved.

"Very, very sad," said neighbor JoeAnne Horne.

"This is a pool that kids in the community commonly come to, to swim on a hot day," said Lt. Ryan Frashure, spokesperson for the Anne Arundel County Police Department. "The people that live here are very nice and let these kids swim here knowing that there was an adult supervising outside."

Unfortunately, that adult, Lemuel Kane, did not know how to swim.

Anne Arundel police say when his 4-year-old granddaughter accidentally ended up in the deep end, he tried to save her, but couldn't.

"He made that decision to try to jump in the pool and try to save her, even though he didn't know how to swim either," Lt. Frashure said.

"The pool was estimated to be six to nine feet deep," said Captain Russ Davies with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

Firefighters say when the other kids at the pool saw the man was in trouble, too, they ran a few streets over to get the man's mother, Aryannah's great-grandmother, for help.

"It appears the mother that came and tried to rescue her son and her granddaughter didn't know how to swim either," said Frashure. "So very, very unfortunate."

The grandmother called 911.

EMS crews arrived within four minutes.

"We had 15 firefighters on the scene. When they were removed from the pool, they were unconscious and in cardiac arrest," Captain Davies said. "They made efforts to try to resuscitate them."

Both were pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say no charges will be filed.

"It's very clearly just a tragic accident," Captain Davies said.

It's heartbreaking for neighbors learning of the accident.

"Absolutely heartbreaking," Horne said. "That's really sad. Very sad, very sad."

Firefighters also tell us the homeowner came home right before EMS crews arrive,d and she tried to save the two as well.

Police say they want this to serve as a reminder of the importance of learning how to swim and taking proper safety precautions.

"This is something when you have a tragedy, you try to at least get something out of it," said Frashure. "So it's a great opportunity to make sure, with it being summertime, the kids know how to swim, and if they don't, you want to make sure you have the proper safety precautions around the pool to make sure while they are having fun, they are also being safe as well."

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