Update: Beaver Lake Drowning Victim Identified

Update (April 20):
CARROLL COUNTY, AR (KNWA) – Authorities have identified the man that drowned in Beaver Lake Sunday as 38-year-old Russell Johnston of Seligman, Missouri.

Park officials say Johnston and three other people were out fishing in a 10-foot flat bottom boat, when it sank.

It happened in around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, about a half mile east of the dam, near Highway 62. Officials say no one in the boat was wearing a life jacket, and they believe alcohol was a factor in the drowning.

Original Story (April 19):
CARROLL COUNTY, AR (KNWA) – A man has drowned on Beaver Lake in Carroll County.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office says it was called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. Sunday to an area half a mile east of the Dam, near Highway 62 and Nundel Road. 

The victim’s name has not yet been released.

Park officials say they suspect alcohol was a factor in the accident and that the victim was not wearing a life jacket. 

The Carroll County Dive team was called to the scene at sunrise and by 8 a.m. they had recovered the victim.

This is the second drowning on Beaver Lake this year, and the 116th drowning at Beaver Lake since it was formed in the 1960’s. 

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