Search for man's body continues in Wheeler Lake

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ROGERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Tennessee man was reported missing on Wheeler Lake Tuesday afternoon, and the search for his body continued Wednesday near Rogersville.

Emergency crews from four counties helped Lauderdale County emergency personnel search for Tim Garner, 47, from Goodsprings, TN, on Wednesday. Workers had more than six boats searching the waters of the lake.

Four cadaver dogs from Tennessee were also brought in to help with the search.

"We've got the search dogs in the water," said Kevin McWilliams with the Rogersville Fire Department. "We are on the third dog, and the second dog did make a hit."

Divers with the Florence Rescue Team were called, but nothing was found.

Garner had been on the water with his son Tuesday. Both jumped into the water to cool off when their boat drifted away.

Sonar equipment on several boats have been used to try to find Garner.

"What we have is a side sonar, so basically it scans the bottom for any type of structure," said Alabama Marine Police spokesman Larry Adams.

The water in this part of Wheeler Lake gets up to 40 feet deep.

"We've covered probably 500 years in both directions in the area where he was last seen at," Adams said.

Garner's family lined the shore line where the boat left Tuesday. Emergency crews said they had been there through Tuesday night.

"One of the main things is the life vest," McWilliams said. "If he simply had a life vest on, things would have been different."

Garner was reportedly able to tell his son he loved him before he went under. Search crews said they won't give up until he is found.

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