IN DNR: Father, daughter die in kayaking accident


Indiana Conservation Officers say a father and daughter have died after a kayaking accident.

Officers say Joshua Varner, 33, and his daughter, Vivian Varner, 4, were kayaking on the Bluegrass Pit Thursday night. A family member called police when they didn’t return when they were expected.

Authorities say Joshua and Vivian were found around 9:45 pm near New Harmony Rd. and Klippel Rd. Joshua was pronounced dead on the scene. Vivian was taken to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. 

A capsized kayak was found nearby. Conservation officers do not know what caused the kayak to capsize. 

We’re told neither Joshue nor Vivian were wearing life jackets. 

(This story was originally published on April 4, 2019)

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