Arkansas man dies after being sucked into whirlpool created by underwater sinkhole

A sinkhole opened June 9 under the Spring River's Sadler Falls in northern Arkansas causing a fatal boating accident

A sinkhole opened June 9 under the Spring River's Sadler Falls in northern Arkansas causing a fatal boating accident

Boaters are being warned to avoid a portion of a north Arkansas river where a sinkhole has developed, creating a whirlpool that has claimed at least one life.

The 57-mile-long river, which runs through Arkansas and Missouri, is known for water sports, such as canoeing, kayaking and rafting, and fishing, The Post reported. "He was trying to get to them to help right at the top of the falls", Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman Keith Stephens tells the Springfield News-Leader.

The commission says there was a fatal boating accident in the whirlpool around noon on Saturday.

Arkansas officials have a message for boaters on the popular Spring River: Stay away from the Dead Man's Curve area near Saddler Falls.

Workers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Fulton County installed buoys Saturday to secure the area around the whirlpool, according to the statement from the commission.

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

Engineers will be on site this week to assess the area and look for a solution.

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