Dive Teams Search for Drowning Victim in Saline Co. Quarry

BAUXITE, Ark. - A search continues for a suspected drowning victim.

Fire and police personnel returned to the scene after sunrise Tuesday in an area off Mount Olive Road.

Rescue crews were first called to the location known as the Blue Hole on Monday afternoon but the operation was suspended later in the evening.

Units from the Saline County Sheriff's Office, Saline County Office of Emergency Management, Arkansas Game and Fish, Bryant Fire Department, Salem Fire Department, Sardis Fire Department, Hot Springs Fire Department, Grant County Underwater Rescue, Medtran and the American Red Cross were all at the scene Tuesday. Efforts were underway by underwater divers to locate the victim.

On Tuesday morning, a SOund Navigation And Ranging (SONAR) unit was provided by the Hot Springs Fire Department to help assist rescue personnel with the search. That unit emits an acoustic signal or pulse which bounces off objects and returns an echo.
Detectives from the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division were also on the scene and  following up on any information which may assist in the investigation.   

Original story:
SALINE COUNTY, Ark. - Dive teams are searching a rock quarry for a drowning victim Monday afternoon, the Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) said.

Though the person who jumped has not been found, the SCSO doesn't believe they survived and it's being called a recovery mission.

The SCSO said people were jumping off of a 40-foot cliff into a rock quarry. One person reportedly jumped and never came back up.

The incident happened at Blue Hole in the 3400 block of Mt. Olive Road around 3:45 p.m.

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