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Rescuers searching for Greenville swimmer at Turtleback Falls

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Rescue crews at the staging area for the search. (July 15, 2013/FOX Carolina) Rescue crews at the staging area for the search. (July 15, 2013/FOX Carolina)
BREVARD, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A swift water rescue team and other first responders were called to Turtleback Falls on Monday after bystanders saw a man go under water and not come back up.

Steven Westcott, spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service, said the man was from Greenville and was swimming with three friends at the time.

He said the man jumped from a rock lower down along the falls, went into the water and went under, came back up and seemed to be struggling, before going under again.

The man has not resurfaced since then.

Search crews continued to look for the swimmer Tuesday, and were keeping hikers and sightseers from the area.

Westcott said the water was higher and fast-moving because of the recent rain and is posing a challenge for divers and search and rescue crews. He said no timeframe has been set for Tuesday.

The falls are located in western North Carolina, near Brevard, in the Pisgah National Forest.

The Lake Toxaway Fire Department and Transylvania County Sheriff's Office were also on the scene during the search for the swimmer.

Authorities have not yet released the swimmer's name.

Stay with FOX Carolina and foxcarolina.com for the latest in this developing story.

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