Thursday, March 25, 2010

Drowning in Lake Ouachita UPDATE

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 3:32 PM

A man drowned in Lake Ouachita this afternoon after his canoe capsized in high winds and waves. Not a day for boating. The waves swamped a Corps of Engineers rescue boat. From the Garland County sheriff's office:

 

At 12:50 this afternoon the Garland County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a capsized canoe in Lake Ouachita, near Brady Mountain, with one person missing.
 
Deputies responded and learned that 2 people had left an island, in a canoe, to return to Brady Mountain and retrieve some items. Approximately 200 yards from the shore the boat was swamped with water, due to the high winds and waves. Both people in the boat attempted to swim to shore, only one made it safely. The individual that was able to make it to shore told deputies that when he turned to check on his friend, he was unable to locate him and presumed him to have drowned.
 
An immediate search was conducted by the Sheriff’s Department, Corps of Engineers, Volunteer Fire Department and others from the area, but the missing individual was not located.
 
Due to the high winds, 2.5 to 3 foot waves and the swamping of a Corps of Engineers boat, the search was called off until tomorrow in hopes of better conditions.
 
At this point we are not releasing the name of the victim or any other information, pending the notification of family members.

UPDATE: The drowning victim has been identified by friends as Curtis Payton Clark, 19, of Helena-West Helena. Ryne Glove, 20, of Clarendon, swam to safety.  The search for Clark's body will continue Friday morning.

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