Search for missing boater now a recovery operation; Wake County Sheriff's Office says

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Monday, July 10, 2023
Search for missing boater now a recovery operation; Wake County Sheriff's Office says
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An hours-long search for a missing boater is now a recovery operation, officials said. The recovery efforts continued on Monday morning at 8 a.m.

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WTVD) -- Crews are still in the water searching for a missing man. Durham County dive teams and Chatham County boat teams have joined to help with the recovery.

A total of 50 people are out on the scene today continuing the search.

30 people are on the water in 12 boats.

They even have a K9 cadaver dog out searching on land.

This brings them into 22 hours of searching for this man after the initial crash yesterday around 2.

NC Wildlife says the severe storms yesterday are a factor in the crash.

As they continue their search today they ask you keep away from the area.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office confirmed Sunday evening that the search for a missing boater at Falls Lake in Wake Forest is now a recovery operation. First responders, search and rescue crews and divers were on scene looking for the missing man for more than 7 hours yesterday.

According to the Northern Wake Fire Department, crews were searching for the man after two boats collided on the lake at around 2 p.m. Officials said one boat was carrying two people and the other was carrying one person when the crash happened.

One person was taken to a hospital in Durham with unknown injuries.

NC Wildlife told ABC11 they suspect the severe storms that passed through the area this afternoon were a factor, but a full report is forthcoming. Wake County Sheriff's Officials said boaters should stay aware when it comes to changing conditions.

"It was a sunny day, and then this rain, the skies opened up. And you have to be alert when you're on the water, and keep that in mind," said Rosalia Fodera from WCSO.

She also said that given the number of different crews on the scene, communication was vital in their efforts.

"If we don't have that communication, we won't be as successful. and so it's important to have that team effort, you can see this parking lot is a clear example of everyone trying to work together to find this boater," Fodera said.