Rescue crews search for person in Flat Rock River

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GENEVA, Ind. (WISH) – Rescue crews were working to save a victim from the Flat Rock River in Shelby County.

According to Shelby County Sheriff’s dispatchers, divers were searching for a missing person after their canoe reportedly overturned in the river on Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses say they saw a person hanging onto the side of an overturned canoe in the the Flatrock River around 12:45 p.m.

The search was put on hold around 5:30 p.m.

The Shelby County Swift Water Rescue Team, Waldron FD, Shelbyville FD, Shelby County SD, ISP and Indiana Conservation Officers were searching the river and along the shore.

The identity of the missing canoer was unknown. However, after the search concluded four men say they were hunting the area when they saw a man wearing a Colts jersey, jeans, a dark knit hat and was carrying a brown jacket who was looking for his dog around 1:30 p.m.

The hunters believe the man was in his mid 40s and was of average build. The man declined help from the hunters and left on foot.

Police are asking for assistance. Anyone who knows of someone who was on the water Sunday and can confirm that person made it home safe should contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

Rescue crews will return to the water to search at 8:30 a.m. Monday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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