Boat Flips: Body Recovered from White River, One Rescued

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BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. — After a boat flipped over on the White River, two Mountain View men tried to swim to safety — one survived.

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office responded around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon near Smith Island with reports of at least one person still in the water.

Another boater found 74-year-old David Hopper near Smith Island. Hopper was taken to the White-Buffalo Resort, according to a news release from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office.

John V. Webb, 47, was last seen trying to swim to the Marion County side of White River. According to the news release, four generators at the Bull Shoals Dam were in operation at the time.

At 1:48 p.m., his body was spotted moving downstream and underneath the rolling water.

At 2:39 p.m., Norfork Fire Department rescue boat personnel pulled his body from the water about 1 1/4 miles downstream from Smith Island.

The Norfork Volunteer Fire Department and Buford Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the rescue and recovery efforts, along with the sheriff’s office.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will investigate the incident.

Original Story:

BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. — After a boat overturned on the White River Friday afternoon, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office says one body was recovered.

According to a post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page, emergency personnel recovered the body and it was being taken to shore.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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