Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

Thirteen people got more adventure than they hoped Sunday while floating the Little Missouri River in northern Hemsptead County.

The group, made up of people ranging in age from 10-58, were floating the river, which was higher than normal according to the Arkansas Game and Fish, when they ended up stranded on a tree in the river east of the bridge on Highway 195. One of them was able to call 911 and request help at around 12:30 p.m.

According to Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, Deputy Jim Bush was dispatched to the area. Deputy Bush contacted AGF Corporal Jeff Neal, who responded to the area with a boat. Blevins, McCaskill and Deann Fire Departments and Pafford EMS were also dispatched to the area.

Sheriff Singleton said that the initial responders were able to get a boat in the water and get all but five back to shore. The other five were recovered by Deputy Bush and firefighters from the other side of the river and transported them out on a side-by-side.

According to the sheriff, everyone was rescued without any apparent injuries.

Sheriff Singleton expressed thanks to the firemen and volunteers who responded. He said “they truly made the difference in getting all persons out of the river and to safety.”

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