Friday, April 28, 2017

Body Identified; Funds Set Up for Family

William and Kristy Farhat

A man’s body pulled from the Arkansas River, from under the Garrison Avenue bridge, has been positively identified as that of a man whose family was thrown from their boat Sunday near the W.D Mayo Lock and Dam south of Muldrow.

Christina Farhat told the media the body was that of her son, William Farhat. The body was recovered at about 8 p.m. Thursday by the Oklahoma Lake Patrol, said Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane. The lake patrol is still on the river searching for Farhat’s wife, Kristy.

Farhat’s body was sent to the state medical examiner in Tulsa, Lane said.

William Farhat’s children, Physher, 6, and Weston, 4, were with their father and step-mother when the boat capsized. Officials said both children were wearing life jackets and Weston was able to make it to shore and survived. Physher was pulled from the river and later died at an Arkansas hospital.

An account for the family was set up at Regions Bank, and donations may be made to the Farhat Rescue Fund. Go Fund Me accounts have also been set up to help pay for funeral expenses.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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