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A Columbus woman who died while swimming at Patoka Reservoir over the Labor Day weekend apparently suffered a heart attack, police said.
“There was no drowning,” said Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman and Indiana Conservation Officer Jeffrey Milner.
An autopsy performed Monday at St. Vincent Salem Hospital in Washington
County indicated Patti (Hoskins) Owens, 55, died of an “acute heart event,” Milner said.
The results of the autopsy are preliminary. An official cause of death won’t be
determined for several weeks, when toxicology test results are released, Milner said.
Shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, Owens began yelling for help while on a raft in the Sycamore Creek area of the Crawford County reservoir, Milner said. When the woman was unresponsive after others got her in the boat, three nearby registered nurses unsuccessfully attempted to revive Owens, Milner said.
She was flown by a medical helicopter to a hospital in Corydon, where she was pronounced dead by Harrison County Coroner Rusty Sizemore, Milner said.
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