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Young woman drowns after rescuing several children in northwestern Minnesota

Aug 19, 2020 06:31AM ● By Editor
Witnesses say water at the Clearwater Dam is churning and moving faster due to recent rains. Submitted photo

From KARE 11 News - August 18, 2020

An 18-year-old woman has drowned in a northwestern Minnesota lake after pulling several children from turbulent water, according to Clearwater County authorities.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to Clearwater Lake in Sinclair Township Monday afternoon. Witnesses told them a group of children had been swimming in the river near the dam when some of them got caught up in the churning water that was coming over the dam and could not free themselves.

Water levels at the dam were considerably higher due to the large amount of rain recently, according to officials.

The first arriving deputy found an 8-year-old girl had been pulled from the water and initially was unresponsive. Bystanders at the scene performed life saving measures and were able to resuscitate her, KFGO reported. 

An air ambulance was called in to transport the 18-year-old victim, but she was declared dead at the scene.  Submitted photo

Bystanders were also attempting to revive the 18-year-old woman before paramedics arrived, but she was unresponsive and did not survive.

Witnesses told deputies the woman had rescued several children from the churning water before she was pulled under.

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