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Drowning victim found

Photo by Greg Bird The search for a woman who reportedly slipped under the waters near Eagle Falls began in earnest Saturday night with swift-water rescue teams from Whitley City and Pine Knot Fire Departments manning a raft to look for the victim.

Photo by Greg Bird
The search for a woman who reportedly slipped under the waters near Eagle Falls began in earnest Saturday night with swift-water rescue teams from Whitley City and Pine Knot Fire Departments manning a raft to look for the victim.

McCreary County Emergency Management Director Rudy Young stated the body of Nina Parker, 24, of Owensboro was located at approximately 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning by searchers comprised of members of both the McCreary County and Whitley County Search and Rescue Squads.

The victim was reportedly found near Center Rock, more than three and a half days after she disappeared into the Cumberland River while on vacation in the area.

Young stated Parker was vacationing with her son and boyfriend Saturday evening. At the time of her disappearance, all three individuals were reportedly in the water when Parker slipped below the surface.

The initial call went out for local responders around 6:40 p.m. Saturday evening as a caller reportedly heard a man calling for help along the Eagle Trail on the western side of the Cumberland River.

The caller stated he had heard the man state a woman had fallen into the river and was unable to get out.

Members of the McCreary County Rescue Squad, Eagle/Sawyer Fire Department, McCreary County EMS along with swift water crews from the Whitley City and South McCreary Fire Departments rushed to the scene in an attempt to locate the missing woman.

A search for the victim was initiated that evening, with crews scouring the riverbank and down stream with trained rescuers in a boat. A helicopter from PHI Air Medical assisted in the search from the air.

The search was suspended around dark for the safety of the rescue teams.

The search reconvened early Sunday morning, but after a full day of canvassing the area, was suspended at dark. Every subsequent day search crews gathered at the established command center at the Cumberland Falls Park entrance to coordinate the recovery efforts until the victim was found.

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