By Greg Bird
Members of McCreary County Search and Rescue assisted in a search and recovery operation in Scott County after a child had been reported missing and presumed to have drowned while swimming in White Oak Creek.
The Scott County Independent Herald reported the body of 10-year old Ryelin Acres, of Oneida was recovered late Wednesday morning, about 17-hours after he was first reported missing.
Tennessee first responders were first alerted to the incident around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. About an hour later a call came for local responders to assist the efforts. The search lasted through the night and continued Wednesday morning. He was found around 10:45 a.m.
The child reportedly went missing in the area of the O&W Bridge, about half an hour outside of Oneida.
The Independent Herald reports “White Oak Creek empties into the Big South Fork River about a mile downstream from the O&W Bridge. The stream is a popular swimming area, but is relatively shallow with the exception of a deep hole where a railroad bridge once crossed the creek. The area where the creek empties into the river is also a popular camping spot and sometimes swimming hole.”
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Superintendent Niki Nicholas told the newspaper the child is presumed to have drowned while swimming.