14-year-old Oakville girl has died after horseback riding accident in Flamborough

A 14-year-old girl has died, police say, after a horseback riding accident in Flamborough.

On Monday, shortly before 5:30 p.m., the girl and her mom were riding their horses on a property along Millgrove Side Road near Highway 5. 

They were both from the Oakville area and were experienced riders. 

They were riding on a path unfamiliar to them, police say, when the horse ridden by the teen became trapped in a marshy bog.

The girl was able to dismount the horse and while waiting for help, police say she became submerged.

A short time later, she was pulled from the marsh without vital signs. Hamilton police tweeted about the incident at 7:32 p.m. on Tuesday, saying she had life-threatening injuries.

Dave Thompson, Hamilton Paramedic Service superintendent, said that advanced care paramedics, local police officers and firefighters answered the call. He said she was rushed to a local trauma centre. 

Hamilton police confirmed Tuesday that the girl was transported to hospital, but succumbed to her injuries and died. 

Police say her identity is not being released. 

The condition of the horse is not known.

Anyone with information that could help police are asked to contact Det. Const. Tracey Constable at 905-546-8956 or Det. Sgt. Marco DelConte at 905-546-3851.

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