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Springfield man victim in Beaver Lake lightning death

by Staff Report | June 16, 2015 at 1:13 a.m.

ROGERS -- A lightning strike killed 22-year-old Connor D. Clayman of Springfield, Mo., during a fishing trip in the Indian Creek area of Beaver Lake on Saturday.

Keshia Guyll, spokeswoman for the Benton County Sheriff's Office, confirmed Clayman's name Monday.

Clayman and his wife were fishing with a striper guide, Guyll said. When it began to rain they headed back to shore. Lightning struck the boat. Deputies were called about 4 p.m., she said. Clayman was pronounced dead about 4:50 p.m. at Northwest Arkansas Medical Center-Bentonville, Guyll said Saturday.

It was possible lightning hit a metal rod on the boat near where the man was sitting, Alan Bland, Army Corps of Engineers ranger, said Saturday.

The guide piloting the boat was Joseph Farkas, 57, of Seligman, Mo., who was arrested after the incident on 2013 Arkansas Game and Fish Commission warrants, Guyll said.

Farkas was booked into Benton County Jail on Saturday night in connection with warrants for boating while intoxicated, boat manner of operation, boat collision or accident and interfering with a wildlife officer. Farkas had a bond of $1,590 and he was released from jail at 2:45 a.m. Sunday, Guyll said.

The lightning strike incident is under investigation, Guyll said.

NW News on 06/16/2015

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