Johnson's Shut-Ins Drowning: Kira Dempsey, 6, Dies in Popular State Park, Trapped Under Log
Tragedy hit the popular Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park this weekend: Officials say that six-year-old Kira Dempsey got stuck under a log while swimming and drowned at the natural water park two hours south of St. Louis.
via mostateparks.com Johnson's Shut-Ins.
"She just got trapped...and the water was flowing pretty heavily," Sergeant Marty Elmore with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tells Daily RFT. "It's certainly a tragedy."
Elmore says that the young girl drowned in about three-and-a-half feet deep water.
Dempsey was from O'Fallon.
The highway patrol incident report says she was airlifted to Iron County Hospital yesterday afternoon and pronounced dead at around 5:30 p.m.
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Elmore tells Daily RFT he does not recall any similar tragedies in recent memory at the shut-ins, a well-known summer destination in Missouri.
"I just want to really encourage folks to use extreme caution around the water," he says. "The water has a lot of force when it's flowing like that."
It seems the drowning may have happened in one of the natural chutes at the site.