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Band leader thanks volunteers searching for missing member

Jacob Sanders, bass player for a local band, went missing along with his brother Jeremiah during a fishing trip. (Source: Velcro Pygmies/Facebook) Jacob Sanders, bass player for a local band, went missing along with his brother Jeremiah during a fishing trip. (Source: Velcro Pygmies/Facebook)
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

Rescue crews spent Friday back out on Pickwick Lake, searching for two brothers who went missing during a fishing trip.

Authorities began searching for Jeremiah and Jacob Sanders Wednesday night after they didn't return home.

Strong currents are hampering search efforts, making it difficult for the underwater scanners and other resources.

Dozens of friends and volunteers have come to Florence to help any way they can in the search efforts. Some of them walk the banks, while others venture out in private fishing boats.

"Extra pairs of eyes are good so we're appreciative that they're here,” said Lauderdale County EMA Director George Grabryan, “We're going to have a lot more eyes on the water the next couple of days."

Jacob is bass player for a band called The Velcro Pygmies. News of Jacob's disappearance spread fast across social media, leading to a groundswell of support, both in the virtual world and in real life.

"The music community is pretty tight knit, we're a pretty small group,” explained Volunteer Kenneth Crawford. "Support means a lot, whether it's moral support or spiritual support or however you look at it, just being there sometimes and making it known how you feel is important."

Crawford drove from Birmingham to help the more than 50 volunteers who've shown up over the last 48 hours to search for the missing brothers.

"I never imagined that we would matter that much to so many people," said Velcro Pygmies' lead singer, Cameron Flener. "he amount of love is incredible. Thank you to everybody that is showing us that love and support."

Flener says he's still struggling to understand what has happened.

"Your heart goes out to those people when you see it on TV or on social media, but it never happens to you. So no one is prepared for anything like this and we're all still pretty much in shock," he said.

Like so many others. he's still holding on, hoping they'll find both men alive.

"Until I know 100 percent for sure, he's out there and he's waiting on us,” said Flener, “and that's why we're all here.”

But no matter what happens, Flener says Jacob's spirit will live on.

"We're going to do exactly what Jacob would want us to do and that is to continue to rock and roll."

Until then, according to their Facebook page, all shows in the immediate future have been canceled.

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