Written by Cliff Sain – News-Leader
A man who was swept away after falling into Lake Taneycomo is still missing according to an emergency official.
“He is still unaccounted for,” said Western Taney County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bruce Bjorne. “We have no reason to believe the individual came out of the water on his own.”
According to Western Taney County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bruce Bjorne, the unidentified man was trapped on a steep embankment above the lake just off Acacia Club Road and Lowell Road, near Hollister and just upstream from College of the Ozarks, before he went into the water.
Bjorne said firefighters were called at about 7:30 a.m. to assist Taney County deputies in retrieving the person who was apparently calling out that he was injured.
Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell said they were called to the scene by a resident.
He said the homeowner discovered the man inside the homeowner’s car.
“He took off when he was seen and he went over the embankment,” Russell said.
The entire embankment rises about 200 feet above Lake Taneycomo, Bjorne said. It was not clear how far down the embankment the man was when firefighters arrived to assist.