canoeist found dead in Caddo River
Hrach, KATV News, Little Rock, AR
Monday, September 14th 2020
VALLEY, Ark. (KATV) — A 41-year-old man who went missing while canoeing down
the Caddo River was found dead Monday morning. Clark County
Sheriff Jason Watson said a search team found the body of James Stephenson in
the river near the area of the Highway 67 bridge.
went missing Sunday during a canoe trip with his son and two of his son's
friends. At some
point, Stephenson was separated from the group. A police report said a woman
found Stephenson's blue tube with a life-jacket strapped to the side.
Game and Fish, Clark County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Caddo Valley
police, and Caddo Valley fire all searched the river Sunday, but were unable to
locate Stephenson. Their search
resumed Monday morning, with divers locating Stephenson's body just after 8:30
Chadborn via Facebook: A guy on SAR team down there has confirmed he was in
tube. I don't know if the group had any canoes, we have seen a few tubes being
towed by canoes, that sort of thing. So I can't tell you the whole group was in
SAR guy says
at that flow, river comes up 7 vertical feet. Rushes into trees and strainers,
easy for a boater to avoid, but not a non-boater, new boater, or tuber. And the
release schedule tells how many hours per day they will flow - but not what
time they start. We need to work on that part of it instead of blaming victims.