The search for a drowning victim continues at Elk River Falls.

The Avery Journal reports that while water levels have fallen over several days, strong currents and fluctuating water levels have made recovery efforts difficult.

Crews from Hendersonville and Henderson County and Sherill's Ford have joined many other crews to assist with the search, including Elk Park Fire Department, Linville Central Rescue Squad, Mitchell County Dive Team, as well as Avery Sheriff's Department and Emergency Management.

According to the report more than 50 people have been involved in the operation and while searches have been conducted further downstream, Avery Sheriff Kevin Frye says it is believed the victim is still caught in the area of the pool below the falls.