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Rescue workers confer on the road above the Big Blue River in Edinburgh, Ind., Friday June 6, 2014. A teenager was missing and two others were in critical condition after a swimming outing turned tragic. Conservation Officer Lt. Bill Browne told The Republic that a teenage girl was swimming with four teenage boys shortly after noon Friday when she was swept over the Edinburgh dam at the Big Blue River and became trapped in an area of roiling water. The other teens attempted to rescue her but were overcome by the force of the water, which was at flood stage. (AP Photo/Joe Harpring) (JOE HARPRING)

From a bridge, Bartholomew County Sheriff's Deputy Pat Bryant scans the Big Blue River in Edinburgh, Ind., Friday, June 6, 2014. A teenager was missing and two others were in critical condition after a swimming outing turned tragic. Conservation Officer Lt. Bill Browne told The Republic that a teenage girl was swimming with four teenage boys shortly after noon Friday when she was swept over the Edinburgh dam at the Big Blue River and became trapped in an area of roiling water. The other teens attempted to rescue her but were overcome by the force of the water, which was at flood stage. (AP Photo/Joe Harpring) (JOE HARPRING)

Indiana conservation officers drag the Big Blue River below the dam in Edinburgh, Ind., Friday June 6, 2014. A teenager was missing and two others were in critical condition after a swimming outing turned tragic. Conservation Officer Lt. Bill Browne told The Republic that a teenage girl was swimming with four teenage boys shortly after noon Friday when she was swept over the Edinburgh dam at the river and became trapped in an area of roiling water. The other teens attempted to rescue her but were overcome by the force of the water, which was at flood stage. (AP Photo/Joe Harpring) (JOE HARPRING)

Indiana conservation officers drag the Big Blue River below the dam in Edinburgh, Ind., Friday, June 6, 2014. A teenager was missing and two others were in critical condition after a swimming outing turned tragic. Conservation Officer Lt. Bill Browne told The Republic that a teenage girl was swimming with four teenage boys shortly after noon Friday when she was swept over the Edinburgh dam at the Big Blue River and became trapped in an area of roiling water. The other teens attempted to rescue her but were overcome by the force of the water, which was at flood stage. (AP Photo/Joe Harpring) (JOE HARPRING)
Boy, 17, missing after swimming mishap near dam
Teenage boy missing, 2 others in critical condition after swim near Indiana dam turns tragic

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 3:32 p.m.

EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) — A teenager was missing and two others were in critical condition Friday after a swimming outing turned tragic in southern Indiana.

The accident happened when a teenage girl was swept over the Edinburgh dam at the Big Blue River and became trapped, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said in a written statement. Four other teens who were swimming with her then attempted to rescue the girl but were overcome by the force of the water, which was at flood stage.

Seventeen-year-old Jason Moran was still missing Friday night and the search for him was suspended until Saturday morning, the agency said.

“We don’t know if he’s still in there or if he got carried downstream,” Conservation Officer Jet Quillen said. “We’re holding out hope that we’ll find him alive, but at this point we’re in recovery mode.”

Two other teens — Sarah Mclevish and Michael Chadbourne, both 16 — were in critical condition at IU Methodist in Indianapolis. According to the DNR, it was Mclevish who became trapped when the others tried to rescue her. The DNR said passersby pulled Mclevish and Chadbourne from the water and administered CPR until paramedics arrived and took them to a hospital.

Seventeen-year-old Trent Crabb and 18-year-old Mark Nally were able to swim back to shore on their own, the DNR said.

The teenagers were all from Franklin, which is about 15 miles north of Edinburgh.