Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, June 11, 2001

Canoe accident takes life

Three women were in a canoe on Lake Sylvia near Annandale June 2, when the craft overturned. All three were wearing life jackets and swam to the nearest shoreline.

As they approached the shore, Sarah Gene Ekstrand, 34, of Minneapolis, complained to her companions that she was cold and tired, according to the sheriff's office. As her friend was helping her to shore, she collapsed and lost consciousness.

The North Ambulance out of Annandale arrived on the scene and performed CPR.

However, Ekstrand was pronounced dead by a deputy Wright County Coroner.

Sheriff's deputies interviewed companions and witnesses. An autopsy was to be conducted by the coroner's office to determine the cause of death, said the sheriff's office.

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