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Georgia man drowns at Abrams Falls

Great Smoky Mountains Park Rangers and the Blount Special Operations Response Team recovered the body of 59 year-old male, Jitendra Patel, of Roswell, GA from Abrams Creek at approximately 8:22 p.m. Patel, who was hiking with a group of friends, reportedly slipped into the water near Abrams Falls at approximately 12:10 p.m. Patel was last observed at the water’s surface at approximately 12:15 p.m. after friends attempted to pull him from the water.

Park rangers arrived at the scene at 2:08 p.m, but were unable to locate Patel. Divers with the Blount Special Operations Response Team responded to the scene at approximately 5:00 p.m. to lead the recovery effort.

The 2.5 mile hike to Abrams Falls begins from the Abrams Falls Trailhead, located at the far western end of Cades Cove. For more information about the area, please visit the park website at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/abrams-falls.htm.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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