HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. — Update (9/16):
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials said Yogesh Patel, 25, was found by rescue divers at Midnight Hole in 18-feet of water.
Patel was removed by emergency response personnel shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Original Story (9/15):
Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers and emergency crews are searching for a man who disappeared in the Big Creek area of the park Monday.
According to the GSMNP, crews are searching for 25-year-old Yogesh Patel from Oak Forest, Illinois.
Rangers said Patel disappeared after he reportedly fell into the water and was seen struggling at Midnight Hole in Haywood County, North Carolina. Bystanders tried to pull him out of the water, but were not successful.
Rangers arrived at 8 p.m. Monday to begin the initial search, but were hindered by darkness. Search efforts continued Tuesday morning.
There are no closures in the park, but rangers said there may be temporary closures around the search area to allow rescue teams safe access.