(Mountain Home) – A 6-year-old girl who was found submerged underwater Sunday afternoon has died.
Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says that deputies were alerted just before 3:30 PM Sunday by a U. S. Army Corp of Engineers Park Ranger that a child had possibly drowned at the Cranfield swim beach at Lake Norfork. The child, later identified as Frankie Tollen of Mountain Home, had been removed from the water, and CPR was administered by an off-duty Baxter Regional Medical Center ER employee who was at the beach.
Tollen was transported by ambulance to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home and later to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock were she died at approximately 5:45 AM Monday morning.
According to the report, family members began looking for the child after she failed to return from visiting the restroom. The child was found submerged in approximately five feet of water at the Cranfield swim beach.
Responding agencies included the Sheriff’s Office, U. S. Army Corp of Engineers Rangers, Arkansas Game and Fish Officers, the Northeast Lakeside and Gamaliel-101 Area Volunteer Fire Departments, and paramedics from Baxter Regional Medical Center.