Boat recovered, 2 teens and adult still missing after weekend boating tournament at Pickwick Lake

Teams searching for missing boaters in Hardeman County

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Search crews have recovered a boat belonging to three people missing on Pickwick Lake since Saturday.

Authorities with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency say two 15-year-olds and a 43-year-old man were part of the Obion Central High School fishing team club tournament Saturday.

According to Obion County Schools, the three missing boaters missed the tournament weigh-in Saturday afternoon but organizers believed they left early. They weren’t reported missing until around 9 p.m. Sunday.

Monday morning, crews recovered the boat on the Tennessee River below the dam near Savannah, but the boaters are still missing.

Two students and a parent who was acting as a chaperone are missing. They were not at weigh-in Saturday afternoon. It was believed that they had left early. Parents reported that the students had not been home at 7:30 last night. Authorities at Pickwick were contacted and a search was started. TWRA and emergency services personnel from Hardin County are conducting the search.
Timothy Watkins, Obion County Schools

The boat was discovered between 13 and 14 miles past the Pickwick Dam.

“It gives us location to intensify our search efforts,” said Amy Spencer with TWRA. “That means the boat went through the flood gates and had significant damage. It was recovered down around the Savannah bridge.”

The concern is whether the three missing boaters went through the dam with the boat, which is extremely dangerous.

Search for missing boaters continues at Pickwick Lake

“What we had actually heard is they were having problems with the big motor and they were using the trolling motor and in a situation like that it would be easy to get pulled into the dam," said Spencer.

Authorities have not released the names of the boaters, but the teens are members of the Obion County High School fishing team.

Tim Watkins with the school district said Monday they are still hopeful for a good outcome and they are asking everyone to keep the families, emergency workers and the other students in their prayers.

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