Whirlpool created by sinkhole in river leads to deadly boating incident

Arkansas Fish and Game Commission

At least one person has died in a boating accident after a sinkhole developed on the bed of a north Arkansas river, creating a whirlpool. "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. Wright's kayak capsized when he attempted to help a canoe that had also been caught in the whirlpool.

The river is still open to the public, "but the barricaded area should not be breached", the commission warned in its Facebook post. When the ground can no longer support itself, it collapses, creating a depression - or a sinkhole, according to the USGS.

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

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

The area has been roped off and marked with buoys while the US Army Corps of Engineers looks for a solution.

Engineers are expected to be on site this week to assess the area, the commission said in a statement.

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