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Search for missing swimmer enters fourth day

LOUDON, Tenn. (WATE) - The search for a man who went missing during a swim in Tellico Lake on Tuesday entered its fourth day on Friday.

The Loudon County Sheriff's Office says Michael Carnock Sr., 55, went for a swim Tuesday around 10 a.m., but did not return.

Family members told deputies Carnock, who is from Maryland and is visiting family and friends in East Tennessee, is an avid swimmer who has competed in triathlons.

Blount County Chief Deputy Jimmy Davis says the last time he was seen was in the water swimming around the island in Tellico Lake.  He was wearing a full body suit with an orange swim cap when he went missing. Nearby residents saw him swimming and say he didn't seem distressed.

Authorities found his belongings on a nearby dock, including clothes and a cell phone. They thought he might have gone to explore caves in the area. However, the caves were searched and cleared with no sign of the missing man. The island was also searched, but with no luck. 

Sonar technology is being used to search for Carnock, as well as cave divers, a Blackhawk helicopter and cadaver dogs. The dogs are going out on boats to try and detect signs of Carnock. 

“We will go until we find him," Davis said. "Hopefully we're going to find him soon, I mean we’re in recovery mode but we’re always hopeful for something miraculous where he can be found but right now - operation wise - it’s considered a recovery."

A sheriff's office chaplain is praying with Carnock's family, who are waiting by the lake for any news.

“They are doing great," said Davis. "They are very they are holding up pretty well. They are very spiritual people so they are doing very well, considering.”

The lake is approximately 75 feet deep in the area.


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