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Girl, 14, dies when canoe capsizes in southern Wisconsin

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FULTON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin State Patrol says a 14-year-old girl drowned after a canoe she was in capsized.

Authorities say the girl was among eight people canoeing on the Yahara River Saturday when several of the canoes capsized at about 2:50 p.m.

The Yahara River in Rock County. Fulton is about 30 miles south of Madison.

According to WMTV, a Wisconsin State trooper saw two victims were in a bend in the river and were calling for help, telling the trooper that a 14-year-old girl was submerged under the water. Unable to help from the shore, the trooper entered the water and swam out to the victim, and her brother, who was trying to rescue her, WMTV reports.

The trooper and the brother struggled to free the girl who was pinned under a capsized canoe and a submerged log. Once additional law enforcement arrived, the girl was taken out of the water.

She was then taken to a local hospital where she died from her injuries, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

The name of the girl, and her brother’s age, have not been released.

The other seven people who were canoeing were rescued by a boat.

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