1 killed, 3 injured in Camp Koch tree fall

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

CANNELTON — The Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana says the entire Girl Scout family is mourning the loss of one of its Girl Scouts who attended camp at Camp Koch near Cannelton.

Perry County Sheriff Alan Malone says a tree fell on four individuals — two adults and two juveniles — at 11:31 a.m. Monday at the Girl Scout camp. Emergency responders and deputies quickly responded and the injured were taken to hospitals in Perry County, Owensboro, Kentucky, and Evansville.

A Girl Scout’s death has been confirmed but the victim’s identity has not yet been released.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims, their families, staff and campers during this tragic time,” the sheriff’s department posted.

The Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana statement said the organization “was deeply saddened to learn of the terrible incident involving a fallen tree that took place at our Camp Koch property today, resulting in serious injury to several campers and volunteers, and the tragic death of one of our Girl Scouts attending camp.

“There is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our girls and volunteers. We have closed Camp Koch while we work with our camp officials, as well as local law enforcement to investigate the incident, and will release more information as available and appropriate.

“During this difficult time, the entire Girl Scout family mourns the loss of one of our girls, and we ask for privacy for the individuals and their families as they grieve and mourn this tragic loss.”

Assisting at the camp Monday was the Indiana State Police, Perry County Emergency Medical Services, Perry County Rescue, the Tell City Police Department and Central Dispatch.

The roughly 500-acre Camp Henry F. Koch has been in operation since 1942.

Authorities plan to hold a press conference Tuesday morning to provide an update on the fatal accident that occurred today at Camp Koch, near Cannelton.




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