UPDATE: One dead in canoing accident on Yahara River

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FULTON TOWNSHIP - A 14-year-old girl was the sole fatality in a canoing accident Saturday afternoon on the Yahara River, according to a Wisconsin State Patrol news release.

State Trooper Brandon Ferrell overheard a call on dispatch about multiple subjects who were canoing on the river and had fallen into the water near Murwin Park on the Yahara River, according to a State Patrol news release.

Unable to help from the shore Ferrell entered the water and swam out to the 14-year-old victim, and her brother, who was trying to rescue her. Ferrell and the brother struggled to free the girl who was pinned under a capsized canoe and a submerged log.

Life saving efforts were started after she was freed, according to the release. The girl was then transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

Seven others were rescued from the river.

Authorities are cautioning against any water sports on Stateline Area waterways due to swift current conditions.


FULTON TOWNSHIP - One canoeist has died and seven others were rescued Saturday afternoon from the Yahara River, according to the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities were dispatched around 2:53 p.m. to the Murwin Park area on W. Caledonia Road and N. County Highway H in Fulton Township for a report of overturned canoes with people in the water.

Upon arrival at the scene, first responders found multiple people "clinging to logs and yelling for help," according to the sheriff's office.

Law enforcement and fire personnel entered the river and made multiple rescues. One individual was pinned under a submerged log. The deceased has not yet been publicly identified by the sheriff's office, but had been transported to hospital after life saving efforts were attempted at the scene, according to the sheriff's office news release.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office cautions the public against canoing, kayaking, or other paddle sports on the Yahara River, Badfish Creek, Turtle Creek, and Sugar River at this time due to the high waters and an extremely swift current. The sheriff's office also warns outdoor enthusiasts wear proper U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devices and life jackets when on the water.

A Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper, Wisconsin DNR Wardens and Edgerton Fire EMS responded. Members of the Rock County Sheriff's Office Rescue Team, the Janesville Fire Department and the Town of Beloit Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

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