Idabel man drowns in Little River while noodling

IDABEL, Okla. (AP) - Authorities have recovered the body of a 27-year-old Idabel man who drowned after being swept over a low water dam while noodling with two friends.

Authorities say they recovered the body of Christopher Dale Chapman at about 6:20 a.m. Sunday from the Little River in southeast Oklahoma.

Authorities say Chapman was noodling along the south bank of the river on Friday afternoon when he and another fisherman got caught in the current. Authorities say Chapman was dragged under the water, surfaced once but did not reappear. The other fisherman was able to escape.

Noodling involves holding your breath under water while reaching into river bank crevices or logs to catch fish barehanded.

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