Arkansas men killed in lake accident

Arkansas men killed in lake accident
(Source: KSPR-TV)
(Source: KSPR-TV)

BOONE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A pair of Arkansas teens died after an accident on Bull Shoals Lake.

According to the Boone County Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Paul Andrew Woodruff and 19-year-old Casey Ruley, both from Harrison, died while preparing to jump from the rocks.

Sheriff Mike Moore told KSPR-TV the men were visiting a spot known as Devil's Backbone near Diamond City, AR.

Part of the bluff crumbled causing them to fall to their deaths.

Although bluff jumping isn't prohibited, the Army Corps of Engineers warns of the dangers that come with the popular activity.

On Greers Ferry Lake, there is no rule stopping swimmers from taking a leap off the bluffs, but signs warn swimmers of dangers beneath the waters.

"It's not a swimming pool," Park Ranger David Moore told ABC Affiliate, KATV. "Greers Ferry Lake is one of the clearest lakes in the nation, however you just don't know what's right below the surface."

Ranger Moore said if swimmers choose to jump, they should always check the water depth before jumping in.

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