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Search for missing boaters near Pickwick Dam transitions to recovery operation

Updated: Feb. 26, 2020 at 11:32 AM CST
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HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says the search for two teens and an adult boater missing since a weekend fishing tournament has now transitioned to a recovery operation.

Speaking from the Pickwick Dam, TWRA’s Amy Spencer said water flow, water temperatures and air temperatures led them to believe there is no chance for survival.

All three were part of a fishing tournament for Obion County Central High School. When they didn’t show up for the weigh-in, organizers thought they’d left early. They weren’t reported missing until Sunday night.

Spencer says the two 15-year-olds and the 43-year-old parent chaperone were last seen four days ago in a picture captured above the dam. The boat was recovered Monday about 13 to 14 miles past the Pickwick Dam near the Savannah Bridge area. It had extensive damage.

Spencer says 20 boats are in the water Wednesday conducting surface and electronic scams between the dam and the Savannah Bridge area.

Spencer said TWRA’s thoughts and prayers are with the families of the missing boaters. Their names have not been released.

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