AGFC asks boaters to use caution on Spring River

Blanche Robertson
June 14, 2018

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on Monday warned boaters to avoid an area known as Sadler Falls.

After a man drowned, officials in northern Arkansas are warning paddlers of a sinkhole that's created a unsafe whirlpool below the Sadler Falls on the Spring River. 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 boaters and people are being ordered to avoid going near a barricaded area which is surrounded by buoys.

Donald Wright, 64, was on the Spring River Saturday when the sinkhole opened.

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"We're not sure if it could happen again", said Keith Stephens, a spokesperson with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

The commission said engineers will examine the area this week.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Laurie Driver said in a statement Monday that the agency is working with the county to help find 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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