Heroic teen dies saving children from turbulent water near NW. Minnesota dam
August 19, 2020
An 18-year-old woman rescued younger relatives from treacherous river waters below a dam in northwestern Minnesota only to lose her own life after being pulled under, authorities in Clearwater County said Tuesday.
The heroics of Raina Lynn Neeland, of nearby rural Bagley, occurred Monday afternoon at the Clearwater Dam in Sinclair Township, where water from Clearwater Lake flows over the 14-foot-high dam into a river with the same name, according to the Sheriff's Office.
That's where Neeland and seven children - both siblings and cousins - were going over the off-limits dam and into the river but got caught up in the turbulent water and could not free themselves, the Sheriff's Office said.