Arkansas Man Drowns In Illinois River While Trying To Save Fiancee

Wednesday, October 6th 2010, 7:35 pm
By: News On 6

ADAIR COUNTY, Oklahoma – Authorities said Noel White, 53, from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, drowned after trying to rescue his fiancée, Donna Drayden.

White's body was found Wednesday morning in the Illinois River, according to the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission.

The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission said the couple was at the Redneck Yacht Club Campground Tuesday night when White noticed his fiancée having trouble in the water.

Authorities said Drayden was able reach the shore, but White never resurfaced.

Authorities conducted a search for White for several hours Tuesday night.

His body was recovered Wednesday morning, about 30 yards from where he entered the water.