St. Paul girl steps off sandbar, swept away in St. Croix River

Polk County sheriff's officials confirmed a 14-year-old St. Paul girl's body had been recovered from the St. Croix River after being swept away by the current on Sunday.

Taw Meh had been canoeing with a sibling and friends when they stopped at a sandbar Sunday afternoon south of Interstate Park. When she stepped off the sandbar into deeper water, she was swept away by the current. Witnesses saw her go under the water and didn't see her come up.

Dan Raedeke owns and operates the Raylors falls canoe rental shop inside Minnesota’s interstate park.

He reports that state law requires all boaters to be outfitted with life jackets when they hit the water, and that Meh’s crew each had one. But witnesses suggest that despite not knowing how to swim, she was not wearing hers when she was out on the sandbar.

It took crews a little over three hours to find her body on the Wisconsin side of the river. 

Last year on Memorial Day weekend, a 21-year-old jumped off a cliff and into the St. Croix River near Taylors Falls to rescue his 11-year-old nephew who fell in while fishing from a boat landing. The nephew was saved, but Tou Hu Vang's body was recovered 5 days after the rescue attempt.

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