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6-year-old Wash. girl dies after boating accident in Montana

CORVALLIS, Mont. - A 6-year-old girl from Washington state has died after a Sunday boating accident on Montana's Bitterroot River, sheriff's officials said.

The little girl, identified as Joslyn Farrell, was with a group boating down the river about two miles downstream of Woodside Fishing Access Site on Sunday afternooon when the boat became stuck below a diversion dam.

The girl and others in the group ended up in the water and several, including the girl, were caught in the strong currents behind the dam.

Emergency crews were called to the scene, and the girl was pulled unconscious from the river.

She was airlifted to St. Patrick's Hospital. Efforts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful, and the child was pronounced dead at the hospital.

No other injuries were reported.

The incident is under investigation by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said there are signs posted upriver noting that the diversion dam is a hazard for boats, and urging that boaters portage past the area.
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