Search continues for missing boater on Smith Lake
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Search continues for missing boater on Smith Lake

September 22, 2019


SMITH LAKE LAST NIGHT. WVTM13’S MARY O’CONNELL BREAKS
DOWN THE SEARCH. MARY: A HOLIDAY ON THE LAKE
TURNED INTO SEARCH, AFTER A
SCARY CRASH. ALEA MARINE PATROL SAYS TWO
BOATS COLLIDED IN ROCK CREEK ON
SMITH LAKE LAST NIGHT. JAY PRATT’S LAKE HOUSE IS
NEARBY.>>I WOKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF
THE NIGHT LAST NIGHT, WALKED
INTO THE DEN AND I COULD SEE OFF
OUR DOCK, THE WATER PATROL WITH
A SPOT LIGHT AND THE BLUE LIGHTS
ON. MARY: WE’RE TOLD FIVE PEOPLE
WERE INJURED, FOUR WERE TAKEN TO
BE CHECKED OUT. BUT ONE PERSON IS STILL MISSING. THIS AS IS CLOSE AS WE’VE BEEN
ABLE TO GET TO THE AREA. AS YOU CAN SEE, PATROL BOATS ARE
CIRCLING BEHIND ME AND DIVERS IN
THE WATER. WE’RE TOLD THE AREA TEAMS ARE
SEARCHING IN IS ABOUT 160 FEET
DEEP. PRATT SAYS THE LAKE IS ALWAYS
CROWED ON THE 4TH, AND PEOPLE
OFTEN SPEED. HIS FAMILY DOESN’T NORMALLY GO
OUT ON THE 4TH BECAUSE THERE ARE
SO MANY BOATS.>>YOU CAN’T JUST THINK OF
YOURSELF, YOU HAVE TO WATCH
EVERYBODY ELSE. YOU HAVE TO WATCH WHAT OTHER
PEOPLE ARE DOING AND YOU REALLY
HAVE TO BE CAUTIOUS. MARY: ALEA HASN’T SAID WHAT
CAUSED THE CRASH. AND PRATT SAYS IN GENERAL, IT IS
A SAFE AREA, BUT HE WARNS —
>>MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A LIFE
VEST FOR EVERYONE IN THE BOAT. IF YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN, THEY
SHOULD BE WEARING A VEST.

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