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Teenager Drowns In North White Oak Creek

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

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On the afternoon of Sunday, May 20th, Devin Prichard, 17, drowned in North White Oak Creek while swimming with a group of people at the end of the maintained section of O&W Road. Prichard and one of his friends had jumped into the creek from a large boulder. While swimming around the boulder and back to shore, Prichard started struggling and went underwater. Several people helped pull him out. CPR was started immediately. Because there was no cell phone reception in the area, some members of the group drove down the road until they were able to call 911. The National Park Service, Scott County Sheriff’s Department and Scott County EMS responded and transported Prichard to St Mary’s Hospital in Oneida, where he was pronounced dead.



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