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Search for possible drowning victim called off

11:26 AM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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The Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad has called off the search for a possible drowning victim in a rock quarry.

A man called 911 Wednesday after he thought he saw someone fall in.

Dive crews searched much of the day, but never found any signs of a victim in the water.

A private dive company is scheduled to train in the quarry on Saturday, and have offered to look in the deeper water just to be sure.

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Search crews have still not located a person who may have drowned at a Knoxville rock quarry Wednesday, but they did find evidence that indicated someone could have fallen in the water.

According to Asst. Chief Jeff Petress with the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad, a camp chair was found in the water. The bag for the chair and a towel were located about 40 feet above the water on a bluff.

The water is about 20 feet deep where the person would have fallen in, but the quarry is around 200 feet deep.  They will have bring in special deep water divers to continue the search on Thursday.  The water temperature is around 58 degrees.

The rescue squad has about 11 people on the scene, including five divers who are searching the water.

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First responders are looking for a person who may have drowned in a local rock quarry.

According to Captain D.J. Corcoran with the Knoxville Fire Department, KFD, the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Rural/Metro, Knoxville Police were called to a reported drowning at the quarry at Ft. Dickerson Park in South Knoxville around 12:30 on Wednesday.

Firefighters are searching by boat, and divers are on stand-by if needed.

Someone called 911 to say that they saw someone jump into the water and never resurface.

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