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Boater dies after sinkhole develops on Spring River in Arkansas

12 June 2018

Arkansas wildlife officials are urging boaters to avoid a section of a river in the northern part of the state after a sinkhole opened up and created a risky whirlpool that led to a man's death. "He was trying to get to them to help right at the top of the falls", Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman Keith Stephens tells the Springfield News-Leader.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission issued a warning Monday for boaters on the Spring River to avoid an area known as Sadler Falls, about 150 miles northwest of Memphis.

Reid told The Post that when the sinkhole opened and formed the whirlpool on Saturday afternoon, boaters were ejected from their boats.

Officials said the fatality took place in the resulting whirlpool about noon Saturday, but no victim information was released.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Fulton County, along with the game and fish commission, have installed buoys and roped off the area.

Despite the sinkhole, the river remains open while officials warn visitors who may canoe or kayak in the area.

Engineers will be on site this week to assess the area and look for a solution.

Boater dies after sinkhole develops on Spring River in Arkansas