Durham, N.C. — Crews late Tuesday suspended the search for a man who jumped off a rock into the water at Eno River Rock Quarry and never resurfaced.
First responders halted their efforts to find the man around 10 p.m. but were expected to resume their efforts Wednesday morning.
Officers from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, state park rangers and other agencies combed the area while looking for the 18-year-old male but were unable to find him.
The identity of the man was not immediately released.
Tyler McLendon was at the river when the incident occurred.
“He jumped off the cliff to do one more flip (and) he just he overflipped and he landed face first into the water and the impact from when he hit the water it knocked him out,” McLendon said. “So, he went down and came back up for like a second, and I saw him come up. I saw his eyes roll back and he went right back down.”
A park ranger said the completed an initial “hasty search” of the park and did not find the man.
Authorities used boats and brought in divers to search underwater for the man.
There are no lifeguards at the river and law enforcement authorities have warned people for years about the risk of drownings and injuries.
The area is not open to the public for swimming, and there have been several incidents reported at the site, including two drownings that occurred since at least 2007. Park officials have said in the past they have received frequent emergency calls from people who were hurt after jumping off the cliff.
The park covers over 4,000 acres and more than 30 miles of trail.
Published at Wed, 29 May 2019 02:33:57 +0000