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3-year-old girl who drowned in Johnson Lake identified
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3-year-old girl who drowned in Johnson Lake identified

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Johnson Lake drowning - Medo's Resort

The girl fell off of a flotation device and drowned around the Medo's Resort area of Johnson Lake on Wednesday evening. Her body was recovered in the Kirby Point area.

Napa County Sheriff's Office Deputies Jeff Scott, James Kasper, and James Hartley demonstrate 5 ways to save a person from drowning. Courtesy of Napa County Sheriff's Office

JOHNSON LAKE — A 3-year-old girl drowned after falling into Johnson Lake without a life jacket Wednesday evening.

Avery Grace Mendiola was riding a flotation toy, without a life jacket, when it drifted out of the swim beach area near Medo’s Resort. Witnesses told members of the Gosper County Sheriff’s Office the toy flipped over and the child fell in the water.

The Lexington Volunteer Fire Department dive team and crews from Nebraska Game and Parks searched the lake, starting at about 6 p.m., until the search was called off at about 10:30 p.m.

The search resumed at 6:30 a.m. Thursday and the girl's body was recovered at about 7:30 a.m. northwest of where she fell in the water.

Johnson Lake is about 8 miles southwest of Lexington.

An autopsy will be conducted, according to the Gosper County Sheriff’s Office.

The Gosper County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Elwood Fire and Rescue, the Nebraska State Patrol and the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

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