Members of high school fishing team missing on lake, school district says

High school fishing team members missing on lake, school district says

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. — Members of a Tennessee high school fishing team are missing after participating in a fishing tournament Saturday.

Two 15-year-olds and a 43 year-old-man are missing on a Mid-South lake, according to Obion School district.

Tim Watkins, of the Obion School District, told WHBQ the missing boaters are reportedly team members of the Obion County Central High School fishing team. The fishermen were in Hardin County on Saturday for a fishing tournament.

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Two of them are students and the third is one of their fathers, a chaperone, Watkins said.

The team’s truck and trailer have been found. Watkins said he has been told their boat was having engine trouble before the start of the competition and they did not leave the dock with the rest of the competitors. It was believed they took the boat out of the water and went home, but it was later determined they went ahead and attempted to compete.

The boat was found below the dam at the Pickwick about 8:30 a.m.

According to WHBQ, the boat was sucked under the dam.

The search will resume Monday morning and will be coordinated between the TWRA and the Hardin County Rescue Squad.

FILE PHOTO: Members of a Tennessee high school fishing team are missing after participating in a fishing tournament Saturday.
FILE PHOTO: Members of a Tennessee high school fishing team are missing after participating in a fishing tournament Saturday. (Tennessee Wildlife/Tennessee Wildlife)