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Officials look to make Spring River safer after drowning

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HARDY, AR (KAIT) -

Hardy city officials said Friday that they're planning to make a portion of the Spring River safer after a boy drowned back in July.

Mayor Jason Jackson said he's reached out to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to fix a hole in the falls just off of Riverland Lane.

According to Jackson, that a gap in the rocks can't be seen underneath the rushing water.

Survey teams from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality were in town Tuesday to survey the hole and explore options for filling it in. 

Jackson told Region 8 News Wednesday that they decided it could not be filled with concrete because that would eventually erode also and the same problem would come up again. 

Instead, a contractor is now scheduled to survey the site and see if an excavator can bust the edge of the cliff off for a permanent fix.

Jackson said when he and first responders tried to save the boy, he even fell into the hole and was almost swept underneath.

"It looks like it's about a foot and a half deep, but when you go down in it the hydraulic pressure of the water is just astronomical," Jackson said. "And, like I say, a full grown man it's hard to get out."

Jackson said the boys family members, who live along the river, say they're happy to hear the falls will be made safer to avoid future tragedies.

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