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Mother, young children die in boating accident in Kansas

June 6, 2021 GMT

BURLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — A mother and two young children died Saturday in a boating accident that also hospitalized the father, Kansas state game wardens said.

The accident happened on the Neosho River in the area of the Burlington City Dam around 6:30 p.m., according to the Kansas City Star.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism said in a news release that the family of two adults and two children were boating on the river when their vessel stalled in rapid, aerated water near the low-head dam. The operator lost control and everyone was thrown out of the boat.

Rescue crews saved a man from Shawnee and took him to Burlington Hospital, where he was in stable condition. One woman, identified as Maribel Moran, and the couple’s 3-year-old and 5-year-old children, were found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the hospital.

State officials are investigating.