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BREAKING NEWS Body of drowning victim recovered near Buford Beach

Monday, August 8, 2011 ~ Updated 3:21 PM

Photo/Tammy Curtis Members of the Hardy Police, Fire and Water Rescue Departments, Arkansas Game and Fish as well as Sharp County Deputy Shane Russell, Sharp County Deputy Stan Haney, Deputy Kevin Deinst, Det. Sgt. Ken Guidry, Det. Sgt. Dale Weaver and Sheriff Mark Counts work to free the body of 15 year old Steven Diner III near Buford Beach in Hardy Aug. 11.
Efforts by local emergency personnel to rescue a 15-year-old Jonesboro boy, turned into a recovery effort after a search was called off late Aug. 7 and resumed Aug. 8, when the boy's body was recovered near Buford Beach in Hardy. Recovery workers discovered the body with the aid of an underwater camera shortly after 8 a.m. Aug. 8 and began efforts to dislodge it from the falls near Buford Beach.

A call came into Central Dispatch Aug. 7 at 7:37 p.m. for help locating Diner who had gone under the water near Buford Beach.

Rescue workers with the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Hardy Fire, Water Rescue and Police Department, Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service, Cherokee Village Police and Fire Department, Highland Police Department and Arkansas Game and Fish searched late into the night to help locate Steven Dinet III of Jonesboro.

According to the victim's father Steven Dinet, Jr, he and his son and great aunt had been floating on tubes from the beach area to the falls. Dinet said his son wanted to stay on the falls sitting in the water. While his father went back to float down in the tube, they seen Dinet go under and began calling for help.

Dinet said he had been sitting on the falls with his son right before he disappeared under the water.

For full details, read the August 11 edition of the Villager Journal.

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