(WILLIAMS) – The search continues for two men who waded into the East Fork of the White River near Williams Dam and went under the water.
Rescue crews were alerted after witnesses say the two men who have not been identified were wading in the river to get to a rock island to fish.
Department of Natural Resources Public Information Officer Jim Hash says while wading to the island both men were swept by the current 75 to 100 yards downstream and then didn’t resurface.
Emergency personnel were alerted to the possible drownings at 9:30 a.m.
Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies, Indiana Creek Volunteer Fire Department first responders, and an IU Health Hospital ambulance crew are assisting in the search.
Officials have closed the boat ramp to the public at this time.
Indiana Conservation Officers are utilizing various sonar units, divers, and boats to search the area where the men were last seen.
Crews will search until dark or until the men are recovered. If not located, the search will continue at sunrise.
Amy Amstutz provided rescue workers with drinks, ice, and other refreshments.
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.