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Deputies respond to drowning on Greers Ferry Lake


On March 8, 2021 around 1542 hours deputies, along with multiple first responders including Greers Ferry EMS, Survival Flight, Heber Springs FD Water Rescue Crew, and Search and Rescue responded to Shiloh Marina for a possible drowning.  Shortly after their arrival on scene, they were able to recover the male who had gone under the water, and medics performed CPR in an attempt to resuscitate him.  The male, identified as Robert Beel, 55, of Pleasant Plains was pronounced deceased while in transport.

Mr. Beel's family was also on scene, and stated that he had previously been in the water working on a boat, but was unable to come back to the surface after he went back into the water a second time.  Family members also tried to rescue him, but were unsuccessful. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Beel family.

-Sheriff Chris Brown

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