Kansas Man Drowns On Buffalo River

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SEARCY COUNTY (KFSM) — A Kansas man drowned in the Buffalo River upstream from the Highway 65 bridge Sunday afternoon (Aug. 16), according to a Buffalo National River press release.

Ravi Teja Reffy Yemalla, 25, from Overland Park, Kansas, fell into a deep underwater hole around 4 p.m., and disappeared from view, the release states. Yemalla’s friends said he did not know how to swim.

Bystanders, including his party and other nearby floaters, conducted a search for about 10 minutes before they located him, the release states.

After hearing the 911 dispatch and arriving on the scene, Buffalo National River Rangers unsuccessfully administer CPR for 45 minutes before North Arkansas College Paramedics took over. According to the release, they pronounced Yemalla unresponsive at the time.


Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.