Second person drowns at Turner Falls during holiday week

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DAVIS, Okla. (KXII) - A second person has drowned at Turner Falls this week.

Turner Falls

Police say around noon Friday they received a call that a man had gone under the water at the Blue Hole and did not resurfaced.

They say the middle aged man was standing on a ledge when he slipped and fell. He grabbed hold of someone nearby but ended up falling into the water.

The OHP dive team recovered the man's body around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. The identity of the victim has not been released. He is believed to be an Indian National.

The Blue Hole was closed during the recovery, but park officials say it will reopen sometime Friday evening.

This is the second drowning at Turner Falls during the holiday.

July 3 a 27-year-old woman, also from India, drowned after she and three others slipped off a ledge and fell into the water in a no-swimming area near the waterfall.

Bystanders were able to rescue the other three women, but the 27-year-old did not resurface. The main pool was closed for the rest of the day, but reopened the next day.

Names have not been released, and Davis police said this will be the second time they will have to get clearance from the Indian Consulate in Houston, TX.

In March the City of Davis said the park would not be hiring lifeguards this year.

Since 2016, at least eight people have drowned at Turner Falls.