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Visitor Drowns In Middle Buffalo River

Buffalo National River

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Twenty-one year-old Justin Clark of Augusta, Arkansas, drowned in the Buffalo River downstream from Grinders Ferry on Tuesday, July 27th. Around 12:30 p.m., a ranger from the Middle District working out of Tyler Bend was contacted by a visitor and advised that someone was underwater downstream of the landing. The ranger notified dispatch, then commandeered a canoe from a visitor and headed downstream, arriving at the scene within 15 minutes. The ranger called for assistance from other rangers and requested a medevac helicopter. Clark was found within minutes and CPR was begun as he was taken by canoe to Grinders Ferry. Medical personnel took over there, but were unable to revive him. Witnesses said that Clark had complained of leg cramps prior to his disappearance.



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