Pleasant Plains man drowns in Greers Ferry Lake


A 55-year-old Pleasant Plains man drowned in Greers Ferry Lake on Monday, March 8, according to a statement from Cleburne County Sheriff Chris Brown

Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with multiple first responders including Greers Ferry EMS, Survival Flight, Heber Springs Fire Department Water Rescue Crew, and Search and Rescue responded to Shiloh Marina for a possible drowning around 3:45 p.m. on Monday, said Brown.

Shortly after their arrival on the scene, Brown reported officials 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.

Beel’s family was also on scene, and according to the sheriff, they stated Beel 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, Brown said.

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