Body of girl who drowned in Meramec River has been recovered

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BALLWIN, Mo. – The body of a teenaged girl who drowned in the Meramec River Friday has been recovered.

The girl who went missing around 3:15 p.m. drowned in the Meramec River, according to emergency officials.

A water rescue dive team, Metro Air, fire, and EMS responded to the Meramec River near Scenic Trail at Castlewood State Park.

The girl was reportedly swimming with adults and friends in the river. She went underwater and didn’t resurface, according to emergency crews. She was not wearing a life vest.

Emergency officials used sonar and divers to locate her.

Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX Helicopter was over the scene to get a view from the air.

First responders issued a warning about water safety last month after at least six people drowned in just a week. Swimmers and boaters should be aware of strong currents. Wearing a life jacket may save your life.

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