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UPDATE: Drowning victim identified

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BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

A 47-year-old Mountain View man died Friday when his boat flipped over on the White River.

Around 1 p.m. the Baxter County Sheriff's Office responded to a boat that had rolled over near Buffalo City, throwing two men into the river.

One of the men, 74-year-old David Hopper of Mountain View, managed to swim to shore and was picked up by another boater who took him to the White-Buffalo Resort.

The other man, identified as 47-year-old John V. Webb of Mountain View, did not survive.

Webb was last seen trying to swim to the Marion County side of the river, the sheriff's department said in a news release. His body was spotted underneath the rolling water, moving downstream. 

At 2:39 p.m. personnel from the Norfork Volunteer Fire Department's rescue boat reached Webb and pulled his body out of the water, a little more than a mile downstream of Smith Island.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is investigating the incident.

The Buford Volunteer Fire Department also assisted in the rescue and recovery efforts.

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