River sinkhole site of boating fatality in north Arkansas

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

Officials say a kayaker died in the area Saturday when a sinkhole opened up in the riverbed, creating a large whirlpool that overturned boats, the Washington Post reports. The 90-kilometre-long river, which runs through Arkansas and Missouri, is known for water sports, such as canoeing, kayaking and rafting, and fishing.

The commission said a fatal boating accident was reported there Saturday when 64-year-old Donald "Donny" Wright was trying to help two others who had gotten too close to the whirlpool, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The river is still open, but boaters and people are being ordered to avoid going near a barricaded area which is surrounded by buoys. The sinkhole is below the falls and near Dead Man's Curve.


Experts say sinkholes are common in north Arkansas because of the nature of the local bedrock-and when they happen underwater, they can create risky whirlpools.

Engineers are expected to be on site this week to assess the area, the commission said in a statement.

"We are assisting the county by providing contact information for agencies which may be able to assist with the sinkhole on the Spring River", it read.

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