Grand River Dam Authority police and local authorities identified a Tulsa man who drowned in the Illinois River near Tahlequah on Saturday.

Robert Hara, 27, was pushing a raft through the river about 6:30 p.m. Saturday near Riverside Floats off Oklahoma 10 when he stepped into a deep section of the river, submerged and did not immediately resurface, according to a news release.

GRDA police and local fire departments responded and found Hara about 7 p.m. that day. Resuscitation efforts failed, and Hara was reportedly pronounced dead about 8:30 p.m. at a Tahlequah hospital. National Weather Service hydrographs show the Illinois River was not at flood stage on Saturday at either Chewey or Tahlequah. The river crested in moderate flood stage in the area on Monday after heavy weekend rains, according to online data.


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