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Tragedy at George Washington Birthplace beach

A visit with relatives ended in tragedy for one out of town family after a trip to George Washington's Birthplace.

According to Westmoreland County Sheriff, C. O. Balderson a call came in on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 7:12 p.m. to respond to a possible drowning of a three-year-old boy in Bridges Creek near the beach at George Washington’s Birthplace in Westmoreland County.

According to a source close to the incident a mother was holding a baby and her three-year-old child when she hit a drop off unexpectedly.

Park Rangers along with other park visitors searched for the boy, who had disappeared below the surface. A private citizen found him. The boy was reportedly under water for almost 15 minutes.

Balderson confirmed that the child had gone under water but did not have the exact time he was under.

Aggressive measures were taken to try and save his life before first responders from Rescue Station One transported the child to Riverside Tappahannock Hospital. Unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries by morning.

Engine Company Four also responded to the incident.

Westmoreland Sheriff's Deputy Donald Jones is investigating the incident.

No further details.

-Linda Farneth

Busy week for Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office

With Operation 096 underway, the last week of July was a busy time for the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO). A total of 11 suspects were apprehended for drug-related charges, and one subject was arrested for assault of a family member during the operation. Two suspects turned themselves in.

Read more: Busy week for Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office

Giant Baleen Whale skull discovered at Stratford Hall

Stratford Hall, the home of the legendary Lee family since Thomas Lee built the brick Georgian great house in 1730, has also been the home of a giant Baleen whale skull for millions of years.

Jon Bachman, public events manager at Stratford Hall, discovered the whale fossil buried in the Potomac

Read more: Giant Baleen Whale skull discovered at Stratford Hall

Erica Mall is finally open for business

Lawyer Diane Lank and businessman Don Hess, residents of Glebe Harbor, were quick to notice one problem when they returned to Westmoreland County after 16 years: residents from Nomini Bay and Cole’s Point had to drive as far as 15 miles to buy gas and groceries.

Read more: Erica Mall is finally open for business

New waterfront restaurant opens in Westmoreland

One of the nation’s top chefs has opened at new waterfront restaurant at Cole’s Point in Westmoreland County. The Landing restaurant opened at Cole’s Point Marina on the Potomac River on May 1 and is getting high marks for its menu.

Featuring seafood delicacies like shellfish corn chowder, roasted shrimp with garlic, grilled salmon, shrimp

Read more: New waterfront restaurant opens in Westmoreland

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