Merrill Girl Drowns When Pulled Through Dam

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Searchers have recovered the body of a young swimmer from the Wisconsin River at Merrill.

Samantha Flores, 16, was swimming with another girl Thursday night when the current pulled them through a dam on the river. Police say both were sucked through one of the gates, down a concrete apron and into the water below the dam.

The victim's companion managed to swim to safety and was treated for scrapes and scratches. The utility that operates dam adjusted gates at dams above and below to stabilize water levels for the rescuers
working on the recovery.