GRINDERS FERRY, AR — The search for the swimmer who disappeared Thursday evening at Grinders Ferry on the Buffalo River is in its second day.
A 23-year-old from Missouri was swimming with friends near Grinders Ferry when he disappeared.
The river is still at flood stage but dropping rapidly, according to the incident command on scene.
Search efforts were suspended yesterday with the river rise towards the end of the day, but resumed this morning with one sonar unit, several boats for visual searches, and spotters downstream of where the swimmer disappeared.
National Park Service Law Enforcement and Resources staff have been joined by members of the Pindel, Gilbert, and St. Joe VFD with the Red Cross and Office of Emergency Management coordinating to provide food for the search teams.
The Searcy County Dive Team is also assisting with the boat sweeps today, but river conditions still preclude any dive searches.
If today’s efforts are unsuccessful it is anticipated that, with improving water conditions, more assets including dive teams, will be employed tomorrow.
River access at Grinders Ferry remains closed at this time. The pavilion and group sites at Tyler Bend Campground also remain closed until the river drops and power is restored to the restrooms.
While the river is not closed to recreation, visitors are strongly advised to exercise caution in those areas still experiencing high, fast, and turbid conditions.
Swimming is not advised.