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Conservation Officers Investigating Death At Patoka Reservoir

Last updated on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

(PATOKA LAKE) - Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a Columbus woman that occurred at Patoka Reservoir Sunday afternoon.

Crawford County Dispatch Center received a 911 call that a woman was unresponsive on a boat in the Sycamore Creek area of Patoka Reservoir

55-year-old Patti Hoskins-Owens from Columbus was out swimming on a raft away from the boat. She yelled for help to get back to the boat. Once on the boat, she went unresponsive.

Three registered nurses that were on Patoka Reservoir in the same area swam over to Hoskins-Owens' boat and began CPR. Brittney Barnickle, of Lanesville, Laura Whitfill, of Shepherdsville, KY, and Sheila Huffman, of Booneville, continued CPR until help arrived.

The woman was taken by an Indiana Conservation Officer to the Little Patoka Boat Ramp where she was flown by Air Methods to Harrison County Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted at the scene by Crawford County EMS and English Volunteer Fire Department first responders.

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