Search resumes Saturday for missing boaters in Lake Jordan collision

Search suspended for 2 missing boaters, boaters identified

ELMORE COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - Search efforts resumed Saturday morning for two missing boaters after a July 4 collision on Lake Jordan, according to Law Enforcement Agency Marine Patrol.

The search resumed at 8 a.m.

As of Friday night, ALEA Patrol Commander Capt. Gary Buchanan identified the two people who are still missing. They have been identified as 26-year-old Clay Jackson of Deatsville and 17-year-old Travis House of Marbury.

Lake Jordan, located about 25 miles north of Montgomery in Elmore County, was busy for Fourth of July festivities much like many bodies of water across the state. It’s unclear what happened, but a total of seven people were involved when the two boats hit.

Buchanan said the crash happened between 9:30 and 10 p.m., around the same time as many were enjoying an Independence Day fireworks show from nearby Jordan Dam.

Buchanan said a 19-foot Sea Hunt center console boat driven by Caleb Peters and a 19-foot Maxum runabout boat driven by Damion Bruno collided near the mouth of Weoka Creek.

Multiple people missing after Lake Jordan boating crash

Five people were confirmed injured, Buchanan said. In total, three remain hospitalized, including one flown by medical helicopter in serious condition. Two others suffered what are considered minor injuries.

”Three were minor injuries and the remaining two are still hospitalized as far as I know," said Buchanan.

Buchanan said the boats the two boats were taken to a docked staging area at the Lake Jordan Marina late Thursday night, about a half mile from where the collision is believe to have happened.

Dive teams are focusing their search in an area just north of the marina on the main body of water where the water’s depth ranges from 30 to 80 feet.

Assisting in the search, according to Buchanan, are members of the Elmore County Dive Team, Montgomery Fire/Rescue Dive Team, and the Alex City Search and Rescue team with its Kongsber Sonar System.

Hampering efforts on what is an otherwise clear day on the lake, search crews are having to deal with intense summer heat.

“It works against us because of the stress that puts on the divers and their gear and the search teams that are out there in the sun and the heat," said Buchanan. "That affects what we can do and how we do it. So this is a recovery operation at this point.”

Friends and family members gathered to pray, supported one another and hoped for the best.

As a result of the crash, Friday the Lake Jordan HOBO posted on its Facebook that they are postponing Saturday’s boat parade to a later date.

A decision was made by the Lake Jordan HOBO Association to postpone tomorrow’s Boat Parade to a later date. Out of...

Posted by Lake Jordan HOBO on Friday, July 5, 2019

This isn’t the only boat crash ALEA Marine Patrol is working. According to WBRC, two boats collided on Smith Lake in Cullman County and at least one person is believed to be missing in that unrelated situation.


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