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A Labor Day weekend boating trip turned tragic when a Columbus woman yelled for help, became unresponsive and later died despite receiving medical attention.

Patti Hoskins-Owens, 55, was swimming near a raft Sunday afternoon at Patoka Reservoir in Crawford County when she yelled for help to get back to her boat, according to an Indiana Department of Natural Resources news release.

Once Hoskins-Owens was back on the boat, she became unresponsive.

At 3:24 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center received a 911 call about an unresponsive woman on a boat in the Sycamore Creek area of the reservoir, said Indiana Conservation Officer and DNR spokesman Jeffrey Milner.

Three registered nurses who were in the area swam to the boat and administered CPR until EMS workers from Crawford County and the English Volunteer Fire Department arrived, Milner said.

Hoskins-Owens was taken by a conservation officer to the Little Patoka Boat Ramp, where she was flown by helicopter to Harrison County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The cause of death is undetermined, Milner said. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday afternoon in Salem.

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