JACKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – An elderly woman is still missing after around 40 people became trapped at Cummins Falls State Park on Wednesday.
Officials said water rose incredibly fast, about three feet in three minutes, after a wave of storms moved through the area.
Rescue crews were called to the area of the waterfall around midday and began efforts to bring everyone onto dry land and out of the park.
At that time, a total of 27 people were trapped underneath the falls, three on an island surrounded by the high water, and 10 others downstream, according to Jackson County 911 Director Michael Smith.
Some were airlifted out of the park while others were tossed a rope and pulled out.
By 8 p.m. Wednesday, all but one person had been brought to safety. A 73-year-old woman remains unaccounted for. The woman’s identity has not been released.
Officials said their rescue search is now a recovery effort, and crews went back onto the water Thursday morning. They said the water is swift and even higher than it was Wednesday.
Anywhere from 40 to 50 personnel were on site with three kayaks in the water, along with two drones in and a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter the air above.
While they have yet to find the missing woman, authorities said Thursday evening they found the remains of someone else. Click here for details.
Crews resumed their search around 7 a.m. Friday morning.