SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA) – Crews have halted the search effort Wednesday and will resume the search in the morning for a man who went missing in Beaver Lake Tuesday.
The divers are cold and exhausted from the day’s search. Additional divers are coming in from across the state to help.
Officials are using two boats with sonar to search for the yet-to-be-identified man. The man is reported to have went into the water at around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, possibly after having a medical issue, according to Lt. Rick Jensen with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials have been searching an area known as Point 12 at Beaver Lake in Springdale for several hours, and the operation is still considered a rescue effort, but as time goes on will become a recovery effort, Jensen said.
Officials believed a body may have appeared on sonar. Divers investigated and found a log, which they believe may have been mistaken for a body, according to Jensen.
Water temperatures were in the low to mid-50s when the man went into the water, but those temperatures are now lower because of the rain from Wednesday morning. The lowered temperatures will not adversely affect the divers who are searching for the man.
The water is approximately 21-23 feet deep, Jensen said.
If the person is not found Wednesday, then the operation will resume Thursday, Jensen said.
Benton County, Nob Hill and Washington County dive teams all searching the water.