Crews Find Body of Missing Man in The Sinks

Townsend (WVLT) - The body of a man who fell into some choppy waters and never resurfaced in Blount County has been recovered.

Authorities say the 24-year-old man disappeared after he fell into an area of the Little River known as "The Sinks," near Townsend around 5:30 Monday night.

The Blount Special Operation Response Team recovered the body just before 1:00am.

Crews say the cold water, rapids, and poor visibility slowed their search.

"The Sinks is a real treacherous area. It's got a lot of current, a lot of swift water. The water's pretty churned up, so it's pretty dark, you can't see very well," said Bill Wright, Chief Ranger.

Investigators aren't releasing the name of the victim at this time.


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  • by CHERYL Location: ST LOUIS, MO on Jun 7, 2007 at 01:28 PM
    I WAS THERE AFTER THE MAN WENT IN THE WATER BUT BEFORE EMERGENCY CREW ARRIVED. A LADY TOLD ME HE WENT HEAD FIRST THROUGH THE THE FALLS. SHE STATED HE DID THIS HIMSELF NOT AND NOT A FALL. CAN YOU CLARIFY THIS FOR ME?
  • by Tina Bowers Location: Knoxville on Jun 5, 2007 at 12:41 PM
    Just to update on agencies involved in the recovery at the Sinks yesterday. There were 11 members of the Blount County Rescue Squad and three of their emergency vehicles who resonded and contributed until the victim's recovery.

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