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Within a week: One life lost, one saved in area drownings

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Pargould man narrowly escaped the Spring River on June 5 with his life, after nearly drowning near Buford Beach in Hardy.

According to an incident report, Hardy Police Officer James Hutchison was on patrol around 4:19 p.m. when several people ran toward his vehicle, telling him a man had been drowning and had since been pulled from the river by his friends.

All three Paragould men, Brandon Gray, Nick Devine and the victim, Aaron Wayne Arant, 21, were sitting on rocks on the falls when Arant slid off he rocks and was swept under by the current.

The other two men attempted to save Arant, but were also in danger of drowning. Arant resurfaced and the two pulled him out of the river and began CPR.

Hutchison called first responders and Casey Griffin, a Hardy first responder, began CPR on the victim. Arant was air lifted with a pulse and respiratory rate. His current condition is unknown.

Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service transported Devine to St. Bernards for treatment resulting from his ingesting a large amount of water.

Hardy Police, first responders, Highland Police, Sharp County Police also responded.

Just seven days before, the Memorial Day holiday turned deadly as a Salem man drowned on May 28, at a lake near Evening Shade.

According to a press release submitted by the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, a call came into Central Dispatch just after 4 p.m on May 28 regarding a potential drowning in Deer Run Park.

The Evening Shade Fire Department, Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Evening Shade Fire Department and the Independence County Dive Team responded to the scene.

The report indicates Justin Roberts, 21, of Salem and a friend were attempting to swim across the lake when Roberts went under, about 40 feet from the shoreline.

Roberts was located by Sidney Volunteer Firefighter Loren Trewyn in about 16 feet of water.

The victim was loaded onto a rescue boat where CPR was begun immediately by Sharp County Deputy Jeff Adam.

Rescuers were able to revive Roberts for transport to White River Medical Center by Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service, where he later died.

Roberts was a newlywed, leaving behind his wife, who is expecting their first child.

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