Body of missing boy found at Lake Guntersville

Body of missing boy found at Lake Guntersville
The boy's body was found as crews dragged the lake. (Source: WAFF Staff)
The boy's body was found as crews dragged the lake. (Source: WAFF Staff)
A man and a teenager were unaccounted for after their canoe capsized Monday. (Source: WAFF)
A man and a teenager were unaccounted for after their canoe capsized Monday. (Source: WAFF)
Marine rescue crews out on Lake Guntersville on Monday afternoon. (Source: WAFF Staff)
Marine rescue crews out on Lake Guntersville on Monday afternoon. (Source: WAFF Staff)

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The body of a missing 16-year-old boy was found Tuesday morning on Lake Guntersville after a canoe capsized on Monday. The search for a missing man ended later in the day when his body was recovered.

Officials with the Guntersville Fire Department said a man and three children were out on the lake in a canoe as a storm blew in just before 2 p.m. As they were trying to make it back to shore, the boat capsized.

Rescuers were able to save a 15-year-old girl, found on the banks of the lake, and a 17-year-old boy, who was found along a walking trail. The girl told crews she didn't see the 16-year-old make it off the boat.

The canoe, a cooler, paddles and fishing equipment were all found, but crews continue to search for the father and his son. A second storm halted the search, but crews were able to resume after a short while.

Guntersville Fire Chief Jeffrey Tongate said they also searched the banks of the lake.

Authorities said none of the victims were wearing a life vest.

"It's devastating," said Sally Smith during Monday night's search. Her brother-in-law and his three teenage children were on the canoe when it flipped. "It's breaking our hearts and I'm trying to stay strong for my sister."

There were six agencies assisting the Guntersville Fire Department in the search, however the land search has since been called off. The Guntersville Rescue Squad is now leading the charge to find the two people, who are presumed drowned.

The discovery of their bodies Tuesday puts and end to the possible good ending family members had hoped for just 24 hours before.

"I'm crossing my fingers that they're out in the woods somewhere," said Smith Monday night. "Please pray that... they will find them and they will be okay."

Authorities said Tuesday the area where the people went missing is between 10-15 feet deep.

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