SALINE COUNTY, Ark. – In the last few days there have been four drownings reported in Arkansas. The most recent was Monday night in Saline County.
This latest one happening at a swimming hole near Bauxite off Mount Olive Road.
After more than 24-hours of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office and others searching for a person who drowned in a popular swimming hole, the victim has been found.
He has been identified as Chance Armstrong, 18, of Benton.
People who live in the area say swimming in quarries, more commonly known as “blue holes,” can be dangerous.
Cadey Stinson and Shea Devault say they have gone swimming in the blue hole in Bauxite that law enforcement say a person drowned in on Monday.
“I’m not surprised that someone got hurt, but it’s sad. It’s ashamed that it happened to someone,” they said.
They say it can be very dangerous and this is a reminder of that. Friends say the victim is a teenager who was outgoing, played baseball, and was loved by many people.
Heather Mills didn’t know the victim, but knows the blue hole well. She has lived nearby for several years.
“We don’t ever get near it. It’s so so deep. So dangerous,” said Mills.
She says each summer she sees people there almost daily to cool off in the water or jump off the cliffs.
“We see people all the time just park right down the road and just swim in it like it’s a lake,” said Mills. “That one across the street from where we live is a pretty steep one.”
She says what happened Monday is unfortunate, “There are blue holes all around in Bauxite. I’ve heard other people say there have been drowning before, but I think it was a long time ago. This is the only one that I have heard of.”
She is hoping this will make others think twice before jumping in.
There are no trespassing signs all around the blue hole.