One Dead Following Holiday Weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman was pronounced dead despite a Coast Guard attempt to rescue and revive her East of South St. Simons, Ga., Monday at approximately 10 p.m.

“The entire crew of Coast Guard Station Brunswick’s thoughts and prayers go out to Simmons’ family and loved ones during this difficult time,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Andrew Engle, the officer in charge of Station Brunswick.

Aisha Simmons, 32, of Decatur, Ga., noticed her children were to far offshore and waded out to reach them with another family member. Simmons’ children made it back to shore safely, but the Decatur resident did not.

Family members reported Simmons missing east of South St. Simons Island to 911 dispatchers with Glynn County, Ga., at 7:18 p.m. Coast Guard coordinators launched a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., and a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Brunswick, Ga., to join the search for Simmons with the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office.

The helicopter crew located Simmons and vectored the rescue boat crew to the woman’s position. Simmons was unconscious and unresponsive when the boat crew arrived at her position. The crew pulled her aboard and began CPR.

The boat crew transferred Simmons to waiting EMS at Golden Isles Marina in St. Simmons Island. She was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

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