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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Man drowns in river while saving life of child

An unidentified man is dead after he drowned while saving the life of a child who fell into the St. Marys River on Monday.

The Charlton County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene at the Traders Hill boat ramp, south of Folkston, after receiving a report a man was missing after he jumped into the river to rescue the child. The man was able to get the child close enough to shore to save the child before disappearing below the water's surface.

Rescue workers found the man's body in about 15 feet of water.

The 37-year-old drowning victim has not been identified because he is a Mexican native with no relatives living in the area, sheriff's officials said.

School to host health fair, basketball tournament

There will be a community basketball tournament and health services fair beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Perry Park, behind Burroughs-Molette Elementary School in Brunswick.

There will be two divisions: middle school and high school. Up to eight players per team will be allowed. There is no entry fee. Trophies will be awarded.

Food such as hamburgers, fish sandwiches, hot dogs and soda will be available. In addition, there also will be free blood pressure, diabetes and pre-kindergarten vision, hearing and dental screenings. Information booths for voter registration, homebuyer programs, colleges and pre-kindergarten registration also will be on site.

For more information, call Antwan Walker at (912) 264-2955 or (912) 264-7313.

Toy race in water park to benefit turtle rehab

Summer Waves Waterpark on Jekyll Island will host a plastic turtle race at 2 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the Jekyll Island Foundation to build a sea turtle rehabilitation facility.

The race will be at Turtle Creek, formerly known as the Lazy River inside the water park. Plastic turtles similar to children's rubber duckies will be placed in the creek and float down a half-mile course.

The racing turtles cost $5 and are available at the water park. …

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