Teenager drowns after saving several children from turbulent river

BAGLEY, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say an 18-year-old woman drowned after pulling several children from turbulent river water below a dam in northwestern Minnesota.

Clearwater County sheriff’s officials say the young woman and about seven children related to her were sliding over a rushing dam that separates Clearwater Lake and Clearwater River and got caught up in the churning water.

Sheriff Darin Halverson says children sometimes use the dam as a big water slide.

Halverson says the 18-year-old pulled some of the youngsters to safety before she went under. Bystanders tried to resuscitate her before paramedics arrived, but she was unresponsive.