BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Search crews have recovered the bodies of two of the three people who went missing in a pair of holiday boating accidents on two Alabama lakes.
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's Marine Patrol spokesman, Capt. Gary Buchanan, says crews on Saturday recovered the bodies of 26-year-old Devin Clay Jackson and 17-year-old Travis Lee House from Lake Jordan, north of Montgomery. Buchanan says five others were hurt when two 19-foot boats collided.
Buchanan says crews also searched Saturday for a person still missing after another holiday boating accident on Smith Lake north of Birmingham. That person wasn't immediately identified.
The accidents occurred after dark on Thursday, July 4. Both are large reservoirs and popular destinations for people seeking relief from the summer heat.
Search operations in the Rock Creek area of Smith Lake will begin again today, according to Sgt. Chad Pate, northern district assistant commander of ALEA's Marine Patrol Division. Pate said the following agencies assisted with the search Saturday: Crane Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Logan VFD, Smith Lake Task Force, Christian Aid Ministries Search & Rescue Unit, Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, Winston County Emergency Management Agency and ALEA Marine Patrol Division.