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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. -- A man is in the hospital and his son has died after being pulled from Lake Anna Sunday afternoon.

Officials said the incident happened on Jerdone Island off Moody Town Road around 12:30 p.m.

Sgt. Chuck Love with the Louisa County Sheriff's Office said said a man with special needs was with his father by the lake when the tragedy happened.

A man who lives in the area who said he witnessed what happened told deputies he saw the father and son at the docks near the common area.

Later, he said he heard cries for help and found the father clinging to a boat as he was trying to find his son in the water.

Love said the pair were able to find the man's son on the other side of the dock. The witness said the father was able to get his son up out of the water.

Rescue teams arrived ten minutes after the witness called 911, according to Love.

“Rescue squads started CPR and attempted to revive that individual,” Love said, “At that time, after working on the son for a considerable amount of time, the witness advised that there was another individual -- the father -- and they were able to locate him still in the water [and] pulled him out.”

Love said the father was transported to VCU Medical Center where he was in critical condition at last check.

The victim's body will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond to determine his cause of death.

Detectives are still trying to figure out how the boy fell into the water.

"The son could not swim at all, but the father was not a very good swimmer as well," Love said.

Although these incidents are rare in this part of Lake Anna, investigators said it is a tragic reminder of why safety precautions near water are a must.

"If you can't swim or if you have problems swimming and you're going near water, definitely wear a life preserver,” Love said.

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