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First responders search for missing man in Big Creek area


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Big Creek area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park; image courtesy of GSMNP

GSMNP - Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials and multiple emergency response agencies from Haywood County are currently searching for 25-year-old male, Yogesh Patel, of Oak Forest, IL. Patel was reported missing at 7:36 p.m. on September 14 after he reportedly fell into the water at Midnight Hole and was observed struggling. Bystanders attempted to pull Patel from the water but were not successful.


Rangers and rescue personnel arrived on scene at approximately 8 p.m. and began initial search operations, which were hindered by darkness. This morning, search efforts are ongoing. No closures are currently in affect. However, visitors may experience temporary closures as search operations continue to allow the rescue teams safe access to the area.


Published September 15, 2020










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