High waters force crews to pause search for Otis Andrews

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CINCINNATI - High waters are forcing rescue crews to suspend their search for a missing Norwood man.

Otis Andrews, 19, disappeared while swimming in the Little Miami River in Mariemont on Tuesday night.

Officials had to scale back the search on Thursday because of rough conditions on the river.

On Friday morning, crews said no search would take place because conditions would still make the search too difficult. Searchers said they would resume operations on Saturday.

Crews said the high waters make the river too rough for divers to navigate.

Andrews was last seen while swimming with a group of friends.

Search teams are working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close two dams in the area to try to lower the water levels by the weekend.

Rescuers are also combing the riverbanks with K-9 teams for any sign of Andrews.

Officials said the other five people swimming with Andrews when he disappeared are OK.

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