Pennsylvania woman dies after boating incident on northern Kentucky creek

​FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2023) — Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are investigating after a woman died Thursday following a boating incident on Big South Fork Creek in Boone County.

Karen Follis Mraz, 61, of Holland, Pennsylvania was injured Thursday afternoon when, according to initial reports, the boat that she was on became swamped by its own wake and sank after the operator attempted to make a turn in the creek.

Mraz was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Florence with life-threatening injuries and later died, Boone County Coroner Missy Rittinger said Friday. An autopsy will be performed at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Louisville, Rittinger said.

Two other people on the boat at the time of the incident were thrown into the water but were not injured.

Personnel from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County EMS and Verona EMS also responded to the scene.​

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