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April 18, 2014

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River Search Enters 6th Day As Weather Limits Efforts

Originally published: 2013-06-18 09:54:57
Last modified: 2013-06-18 09:58:46
 


BY SARAH GREGORY

STAFF WRITER

A search entered its sixth day today for Nahum Martinez, a Greeneville man believed drowned in the Nolichucky River.

The 25-year-old Martinez was last seen about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, wading in water on a sandbar near Birds Bridge.

Greene County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant and Rescue Squad volunteer Wesley Holt said today's operations will likely be more limited because of the threat of rainy weather.

"We're doing the best we can, considering the circumstances," he said.

Holt said today's search will likely focus on areas of the water closest to the river's banks.

If Martinez is not located today, "more sophisticated sonar equipment" will be used Wednesday by volunteers from Coffee County, in southern middle Tennessee, Holt said this morning.

Witnesses to the incident last Wednesday reported that Martinez went under and never resurfaced.

The search for Martinez began about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening and continued overnight.

Since Thursday, emergency personnel have searched from approximately 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad volunteers have been joined by emergency personnel from numerous other counties during the search.

 
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