Dad, 14-year-old son dead following tragic drowning incident at Virginia lake

A man and his 14-year-old son were both pronounced dead Sunday following a tragic drowning incident at Lake Anna in Louisa County. 

According to the Sheriff’s Office, around 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, deputies and other emergency crews were called to the lake in the area of Carrs Bridge Road for a report of a child drowning.

While on the way, deputies were informed that the child’s father had jumped into the water attempting to rescue his son. Soon after, witnesses saw the 42-year-old dad struggling in the water before losing sight of him shortly after the 14-year-old victim went under. 

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Several people went into the water hoping to locate the victims but were unsuccessful. 

LCSO Marine Units, Mineral Vol Fire, Lake Anna Vol Rescue, Department of Wildlife Resources, and Spotsylvania County Fire and EMS Dive Team divers helped to recover the bodies of the father and son, who were pronounced dead on the scene. 

Both are being transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination.

The victims in this tragedy were from out of state, and their names are being withheld, pending notification of next of kin. 

The investigation is ongoing.