It was on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 when the Beech Island near-drowning was first reported. Riggs Lindsay, a five-year-old boy from North Augusta, was found unresponsive in the swimming pool of the family's Grady Lane home.
It was Riggs' aunt who encountered and retrieved the young boy from the water. A call was placed to 911 while the grandmother, who was also present at the home, administered CPR. Emergency units arrived and took over the resuscitation efforts. It is reported that they were able to remove significant volumes of water from Riggs but still he did not respond. Efforts to save his life continued while he was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
A week later, on February 13th, Riggs would finally succumb to his injuries.
The public announcement was made by Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables, who had been called out to the hospital early Saturday morning after Lindsay passed. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office was not considering the incident a criminal case, though an autopsy was nevertheless scheduled to be completed in nearby Newberry, SC.
Via Facebook, Riggs' mother Lindsay acknowledged the support of the community during the difficult time and asked only for continued prayer.
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