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Three students' bodies recovered on Arkansas River; low-water dams 'killing machines,' authorities warn

By KENDRICK MARSHALL & AMANDA BLAND - Tulsa World Modified: August 2, 2013 at 6:49 am •  Published: August 2, 2013

Authorities spent most of Thursday searching for three men who drowned while "noodling" for fish in Zink Lake on the Arkansas River.

The three, all in their 20s and students at Tulsa Welding School, were swept under water by the strong current near the low-water dam under the pedestrian bridge early Thursday.

Fire Capt. Stan May said Eric Harris, 27 of Tulsa; Troy George, 23, of Louisiana; and Conner Norvel, 20, of Colorado were noodling - hand fishing - about 3:30 a.m. when they were swept under water.

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