Search Continues at Lake Alan Henry - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/25/05

Search Continues at Lake Alan Henry

On Monday parts of Lake Alan Henry were closed to the public as crews search for a missing boater. A 45-year-old Lubbock man remains missing after a boat collision at the lake on Saturday. Lake Alan Henry is located just south of Post.

The Lubbock Fire Department Dive team, along with Texas Parks & Wildlife, Lubbock Police and Garza County authorities continued their search efforts Monday. "We are searching the shorelines, doing everything we can to make sure we solve this missing person issue," said Captain Rick Gully, Texas Parks & Wildlife.

They're looking for 45-year-old Aaron Smith. Smith, a married father and grandfather was fishing in a bass tournament when the boat he was in collided with another boat.

However, the conditions aren't favorable for the dive team out at the lake, not only is the wind making the water choppy. But in the area they are searching the lake dips to 60 and 70 feet deep, which means the water temperatures is around 40 degrees.

"The wind making it a little more difficult, not so much for us but for the dive team," says Captain Gully.

Captain Gully says their accident reconstruction team has completed examining both boats, so they are now compiling reports to try to determine exactly what happened. It is believed that both of the boats were fishing boats, but what caused the collision is unknown. "There's always hope for the best, we prepare for the worst but hope for the best."

Two other men were injured in the collision. 40-year-old Tommy Hines of Lubbock remains in critical condition at Covenant Medical Center, and 26-year-old James Bradley of Snyder who was in the other boat, was treated and released from UMC.

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