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Mo. family puts up sign in memory of bluff-jumper

HENDERSON, Ark. (AP) - The site where a Missouri teenager jumped to his death from a bluff overlooking Norfork Lake now has a sign in memory of the youngster, which officials hope could discourage other bluff-jumpers.

Drew Summers, 16, of Marshfield, Mo. was taking part in a baseball tournament at Mountain Home in July 2007 when he joined teammates and friends in a trip to Bidwell Point Park for a swim in the lake. He was killed when he jumped from a bluff into the lake.

"We lost someone we loved when he jumped from this bluff," proclaims the sign erected last week by Summers' family.

In the Little Rock District of the Corps of Engineers, which manages the lake, eight fatalities were attributed to bluff-jumping from 2001 through 2007. Jon Hiser, lake manager for the agency said officials hope the sign in memory of Summers could save a life.

Information from: The Baxter Bulletin, http://www.baxterbulletin.com

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