Swimmer drowns at popular waterfall in NC mountains

AVERY COUNTY, NC (WJHL) — A man drowned at a popular regional swimming hole, police say.

According to Avery County Sheriff Danny Phillips, his agency was one of several that responded to a call from a missing swimmer at the Elk River Falls on Friday morning.

A post from the Linville Volunteer Fire Department said that while the call began as a rescue mission, it eventually turned into a rescue after a body was found nearby.

Phillips said the victim was identified as Philip D. Williams, 53.

After the mission, a diver working for Linville’s VFD showed symptoms of a “serious medical problem” that prompted an airlift to a nearby hospital.

Department spokesmen said the diver is expected to make a full recovery and did not elaborate on the symptoms he had been experiencing.

Phillips said that no foul play was expected in the incident and that Williams appeared to be swimming in the falls at the time.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/north-carolina-news/swimmer-drowns-at-elk-river-falls-in-nc-mountains/ Swimmer drowns at popular waterfall in NC mountains

DUSTIN JONES

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