Man Drowns In Benton County

BENTON COUNTY, AR -- A man drowned on Beaver Lake Saturday night.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Elijah Watson tried to swim from one point of Martin's Bluff to the Hickory Creek side of the lake.

He was accompanied by his girlfriend and her friend.

The Benton County Dive team pulled Watson from water that was nearly 40 feet deep.

He was not wearing a life jacket.

Deputies say they don't suspect alcohol or drugs use, but are waiting on a toxicology report.

The Sheriff's Office says this is the first drowning on Beaver Lake this year.

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