Family Outing Ends In Tragedy
June 18, 2011
A mother and daughter from Green Forest drowned late Friday afternoon in Yokum Creek, in northern Carroll County. A toddler boy was rescued and survived.
According to Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek, Leydy Yolanda Marin-Lopez, 30, and her daughter, 8 year old Veronica G. Lopez, both drowned after the child slipped off a ledge into deep water, and the mother tried to get to her and fell out of a raft and drowned. The incident occurred at an area called Devil's Backbone.
Sheriff Grudek went on to say another child, 3 year old Joshua Lopez, jumped in the water instinctively when he saw his mother go under, and himself sank to the bottom. He had been underwater, Grudek said, for about 40 minutes when someone performed CPR on the child after his body was pulled out. The child threw up alot of water and started breathing. He was air-lifted to St. John's in Springfield, where Sheriff Grudek said "miraculously" he was released on Saturday after appearing to have recovered fully.
Sadly, other members of the family witnessed the whole tragedy. Leydy Marin-Lopez's mother and sister were with the group and were helpless to assist.
Sheriff Grudek said none of the family knew how to swim and had no life jackets with them. The water in spots was at least 10 feet deep, Sheriff Grudek said.