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Girl pulled from Lanier last weekend has died
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A 4-year-old Clarkston girl who was rescued from Lake Lanier at Buford Dam last weekend died Tuesday, officials said.

Athra Abbulla died early Tuesday morning at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Robin Hill said.

Abbulla had been in critical condition since being pulled from Lanier by bystanders at Lower Overlook Park in Buford early Saturday afternoon.

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Capt. Tommy Rutledge said a 911 call went out from the park just after 2 p.m. Saturday.

When paramedics arrived, an off-duty nurse already was administering CPR to the girl on the shore.

The girl’s pulse returned while she was being rushed by ambulance to Northside-Forsyth Hospital, but she was not breathing on her own, Rutledge said.

Rutledge said several people at the park heard the girl’s mother screaming and rushed to help her.

Several people who did not know the girl’s family dove into the water and began searching immediately, he said.

A man who was towing a inner tube on a personal watercraft beached the vessel and jumped into the water, locating the girl quickly and pulling her out, Rutledge said.

An off-duty nurse immediately began CPR, he said.

Rutledge could not say how long the girl was under the water before she was found. The circumstances of the near-drowning were also unknown, he said.

"It’s unclear whether she was playing in the water, or slipped or jumped in," Rutledge said.