River sinkhole site of boating fatality in north Arkansas

At least one boater died Saturday after a sinkhole opened on the bed of Spring River in northern Arkansas creating a whirlpool according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

A man was killed after the kayak he was guiding was sucked into a whirlpool when a sinkhole opened in a northern Arkansas river.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman Trey Reid told The Washington Post Monday that the victim has been identified as Donald Wright, 64, from Searcy, Ark.

Arkansas officials have a message for boaters on the popular Spring River: Stay away from the Dead Man's Curve area near Saddler Falls. Family members say Wright, who ran an addiction recovery center, was an experienced kayaker-and they aren't surprised that he died while helping others.

"The river is still open, but the barricaded area should not be breached", AGFC officials said, according to Fox 25 Boston.

The large sinkhole led to a whirlpool that caused the deadly boating incident, according to authorities.

When this happens underwater, it can create circular currents, such as whirlpools.

Engineers will be on site this week to assess the area and look for a solution. "Our Regulatory Division will reach out to the county to provide information on the permitting requirements which may be needed in conjunction with any fix".

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