Drowning Victim Found at Midnight Hole in GSMNP

Park officials say they’ve found the body of an Illinois man who disappeared after falling into the water at Midnight Hole Monday night.

Witnesses reported seeing 25-year-old Yogesh Patel struggling in the water but were unable to help him. Patel was reported missing around 7:30. Divers found his body in 18 feet of water in the same area Tuesday afternoon.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials say they are searching for a missing man.

25-year-old Yogesh Patel, of Oak Forest, Illinois was reported missing last night (Monday) after he reportedly fell into the water at Midnight Hole and was observed struggling. Bystanders attempted to pull Patel from the water but were unsuccessful.

Rangers and rescue personnel arrived on scene and began searching but were hindered by darkness. This morning, search efforts resumed. 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.

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