14-year-old girl dies after canoe capsizes on Yahara River, State Patrol says

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MURWIN PARK, ROCK COUNTY, Wis. (WKOW) – Wisconsin State Patrol has confirmed that a 14-year-old girl died in a canoeing accident in Murwin Park Saturday.

According to a police report, multiple people had fallen out of their canoes in the river’s bend and were calling for help, stating that a girl was submerged under the water.

A state trooper entered the water and swam out to the victim and her brother, who was trying to rescue her.

Officials say the trooper and brother struggled to free the girl who was pinned underneath a capsized canoe and a submerged log.

Authorities say once additional help arrived, the girl was freed and taken to a hospital where she later passed away.

The remaining members of the party were rescued by boat and taken ashore.

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UPDATE (WKOW) — A water rescue in Rock County has turned fatal, according to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

One person was taken to the hospital after a strong current swept a group of kayakers and canoers into a rough area near Murwin Park on Caledonia Road and N. County Hwy H in the town of Fulton.

Saturday night we learned that person has died.

Authorities said due to the current, they caution the public against canoeing, kayaking, or other paddle sports on the Yahara River, Badfish Creek, Turtle Creek and Sugar River at this time.

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ROCK COUNTY (WKOW) — The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is warning boaters of a strong current on the Yahara River near Edgerton after responding to a water rescue around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Chief Deputy Barbara Tillman told 27 News the rescue took place after a group of kayakers and canoers were paddling near Murwin Park on Caledonia Road and N. County Hwy H in the town of Fulton.

Multiple people were clinging to logs and yelling for help, according to a news release. Four canoes were overturned in the water, and seven individuals were safely rescued.

One person was taken to the hospital, after becoming pinned under a submerged log.

Authorities said due to the current, they caution the public against canoeing, kayaking, or other paddle sports on the Yahara River, Badfish Creek, Turtle Creek and Sugar River at this time.

Capsized canoe kills 14-year-old girl
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