Goddard woman drowns in Kansas creek; her son was rescued and is recovering, sheriff says

A 35-year-old Goddard woman drowned in Grouse Creek in Cowley County on Saturday, an official said.

Deputies from the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office responded at 3:41 p.m. to a call of two people stranded in the creek, Sheriff David Falleti said.

Sarah Ouellet was pulled from the water and emergency personnel started performing life-saving measures. Ouellet’s 10-year-old son was found downstream holding onto a limb, according to Falleti.

Both were taken a hospital where Ouellet later died. Her son is recovering, the sheriff’s office said.

It’s not clear why they entered the creek but that “most likely the child was in for unknown reason and the mother went in after them,” Falleti said in an email.

Grouse Creek is east of Arkansas City.