Green Forest man drowns, brother missing in Long Creek

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

By Scott Loftis

A Green Forest man drowned Sunday and rescue crews were still searching for his brother Monday afternoon in Long Creek in northeast Carroll County.

According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, county dispatchers received a call at 6:12 p.m. Sunday about a possible drowning at a low-water bridge on County Road 818.

Deputies were dispatched to the location along with personnel from the Alpena Fire Department, Green Forest Fire Department, Oak Grove Fire Department, Southern EMS, the Carroll County SORT team and Mennonite Disaster Services.

According to the news release, reports were that two brothers were at the location getting ready to leave when one of them, 22-year old Sher Soe of Green Forest, told friends he was going to let the water sweep him away and ride the current down the creek. “According to witnesses, Sher walked out and the water swept him off his feet, causing him to be pulled into the rushing creek (into a water vortex) just below the low water bridge and was sucked under by the strong current,” the news release says. Waeh Soe, 27, also of Green Forest, witnessed his brother being swept under and jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue him, the news release says, but was also taken under by the current.

A third person, Jose Camacho, witnessed the incident transpire and went into the water to assist the two brothers, according to the release. Camacho was able to escape and return to shore.

The body of Sher Soe was recovered downstream a short time later, the release says. He was pronounced dead by the county coroner.

A search and rescue/recovery operation attempting to locate Waeh Soe was still underway Monday morning, according to the news release.

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