Five Injured In Arkansas River Boating Accident

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Five people were injured in a boating accident on the Arkansas River in Sequoyah County on Saturday.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said they responded to the accident around 7 p.m. on Saturday (July 19).

The boat was traveling eastbound when it struck a navigation buoy, lost control and struck the shoreline, troopers said.

Five people were on the boat at the time of the accident, according to troopers. They were all treated and released from St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith.

Troopers said they believe the boat was traveling at a high speed before it crashed.


  • buoyboy

    It’s fun reading these reports and the way the reporter describes the accident.
    “Officials say they believe the boat was traveling at extremely high speeds when it hit a buoy. The boat is thought to have then popped out of water and then made contact back with the water with great force.”

    Maybe this -> “The boat made contact with the buoy at a high rate of speed and then went airborne, before striking the water once again causing the damage.”

    I mean come on CH 5….lol

    • Michael

      Why don’t you go down to the station and ask to speak Chantel and then tell her what she is doing wrong. Maybe while you are down there you can ask to speak with human resources and go ahead and fill out a job application, since you obviously have at least a Bachelors Degree in Journalism. One key word you have to pay attention to is “Authorities”, she was just writing down what the “Authorities” said. She was probably just copying down what they put in the police report.

      • timesup

        This is terrible reporting, it’s just what a person would except from a town like Fort Smith. Another example why this town is dying.

  • Tom

    “The boat is thought to have then popped out of water before making contact with the water with great force.” What?

  • bobreal

    Hope None of them are hurt bad. But I also Hope Who ever had control of the boat gets a GOOD SIZE TICKET and Ordered To Take A BOATER SAFETY COURSE before ALLOWED BACK OUT ON ANY WATER,.

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  • Lou

    I was there and saw everything. They were going quite fast. Then they hit a bout. At that time the boat did go up in the air out of the water. It made an immediate turn and at a high rate of speed ran straight into the bank. It was very scary.


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