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Officials: 25-year-old Kansas man drowns in Buffalo River


MARSHALL, Arkansas — Officials say a Kansas man has drowned in the Buffalo National River.

The National Park Service said 25-year-old Ravi Teja Reddy Yemalla of Overland Park, Kansas, died Sunday afternoon. Yemalla disappeared after falling into a deep underwater hole upstream from the U.S. 65 bridge.

The service said people traveling with Yemalia and other floaters nearby found him after about 10 minutes of searching.

Buffalo National River rangers and Searcy County first responders tried to revive Yemalla for about 45 minutes.

This story has been corrected to show that the drowning occurred near the U.S. 65 bridge, not Arkansas 65.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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