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Death investigation underway after Shepherdsville woman dies in Floyds Fork kayak accident

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One woman is dead after a kayaking accident at Broad Run Park at The Parklands of Floyds Fork on Wednesday.

Fern Creek Fire Chief Mike Schmidt, Jr. says a woman, her 10-year-old son and another woman were kayaking at the park Wednesday evening, when their kayak became caught on something in the water. The vessel then flipped.

Once crews reached the three stranded kayakers, officials say the victim was holding the other woman above the water. That woman was unconscious.

Sandra Mills, 55, was transported to University Hospital, where she died just before 8 p.m.. Officials say she died of natural causes.

The other woman and her son were treated on scene.

"We've had three to four inches of rain," Schmidt said. "So the water was high. The current was high."

Chief Schmidt says the 10-year-old son was the one who made the 911 call around 6:30 p.m., but although the chief says there are plenty of markers at the park, the boy wasn't able to tell dispatchers exactly where they were on the water.

Park officials released the following statement Thursday morning: 

"The entire Parklands family is saddened by the tragic kayaking accident that occurred on Floyds Fork yesterday. We offer our deepest condolences to the family of the woman who lost her life.

Our park rangers worked closely with emergency responders yesterday evening and we continue to coordinate with them as the incident is being investigated.

While the visitors involved in the accident did not rent their equipment from The Parklands’ vendor, the safety of park visitors is of utmost importance to us. Outdoor adventure sports, like paddling, carry inherent risks and we routinely review and update our safety recommendations.

We will continue to work with emergency response teams on the investigation and encourage anyone participating in water sports on Kentucky streams to be familiar with water safety recommendations."

Mills, of Shepherdsville, was the grandmother of the 10-year-old boy and the sister of the other woman.

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