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Raleigh girl dies in hospital after near drowning

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LAKE WACCAMAW, N.C. -

A 3-year-old Raleigh girl who nearly drowned in Columbus County last week, died in the hospital Sunday night after being taken off life-support.

A spokesperson with New Hanover Regional Medical Center said Catherine Powell passed away around 9:20 p.m. Sunday. She had been taken off life-support that night, according to Chief Scott Hyatt, of the Waccamaw Police Department.

Powell was flown by medical helicopter to New Hanover Regional Medical Center after a near-drowning on the water in Lake Waccamaw Friday, authorities said.

Police say Catherine and her family live in the Raleigh area.

According to Lake Waccamaw Police, Powell fell into the lake near Canal Cove Road around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Investigators say she was at her parents' lake house and was not in the water for long. According to friends, they visit the lake often.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. at Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh. A funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m., also at Hayes Barton Baptist Church.

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