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16-Year-Old in Critical Condition After Near Drowning in Wright Co

(Hanover, MN) — A 16-year-old girl is in critical condition after being pulled underwater while paddle boarding on the Crow River Sunday near Hanover in Wright County.

Deputies say the victim and her mother were on paddle boards and a 15-year-old boy was in a kayak when they collided with trees overhanging into the river.

They all fell into water and the woman and boy were able to get free, but the girl became stuck underwater. Her father and a bystander pulled her from the river and first responders were able to get a pulse before she was airlifted to the U of M Children’s Hospital.

The report indicates she was wearing a life jacket.