14-year-old died at hospital after 4 canoes overturned in Rock County; 7 others rescued

ROCK COUNTY — A 14-year-old girl died at the hospital after a canoe rescue in Murwin Park in Rock County Saturday afternoon, May 25.

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, a report came in regarding multiple subjects in the water after falling out of canoes in Murwin Park.

The victims were in a bend in the river, calling for help, indicating the 14-year-old girl was under the water.

A trooper swam out to the victim and her brother, who was trying to rescue her. They struggled to free her, as she was pinned under a capsized canoe and a submerged log.

With additional help, the girl was freed and taken to shore, where life-saving measures were initiated. She was then taken to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

The other individuals in the water were rescued by boat and taken ashore.

An initial release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said there were four canoes overturned in the water — which was fast moving with a strong current.

Seven people were rescued, the sheriff’s office said.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office advised against canoeing, kayaking or other paddle sports on the Yahara River, Badfish Creek, Turtle Creek and Sugar River due to high water and extremely swift current. It is also very important to wear life vests or flotation devices when out on the water.

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