Monday, May 1, 2017

Woman's Body Recovered

William and Kristy Farhat

The body of a female drowning victim was recovered Saturday about 50 yards west of the U.S. Highway 64 bridge from Moffett into Fort Smith, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported.

The body of Kristy Farhat, 22, of Dora was recovered at about 8 p.m. Saturday in about 4 feet of water, two feet from shore.

The drowning occurred at about 4:03 p.m. April 23 on the Arkansas River.

The OHP reported a 1993 Tracker operated by William Farhat, 26, Dora was put in upstream of W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam 14, south of Muldrow. While in the water the motor of the vessel went out. Due to the currents in the water the vessel was pulled down stream and pushed into the flood gates of the dam and over turned from the swift currents. All occupants and the vessel were pulled through the dam and swept downstream.

William Fahat’s body was recovered at 8 p.m. Thursday 60 yards east of the U.S. Highway 64 bridge on the Arkansas River in about four feet of water 10 feet from shore. Recovery was made by Fort Smith Fire Department.

A six-year-old boy in the vessel was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, then to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock where he was pronounced dead at 11:07 p.m. April 23. 

A four-year-old boy in the vessel was found on the shore and transported by LeFlore County EMS to Sparks Medical Center where he was treated and released. Both boys were wearing flotation devices. The OHP reported the adults were not wearing flotation devices.

Agencies assisting the OHP were the U.S. Coast Guard, LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department, LeFlore County Emergency Management, Murry Spur Fire Department, Fort Smith Fire Department, Fort Smith Police, and Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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