Family & Community Of Aaron Smith Rally As He Remains Missing - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/26/05

Family & Community Of Aaron Smith Rally As He Remains Missing

Divers returned to Lake Alan Henry for a fourth day on Tuesday as the search for a missing man continues. Divers are looking for Aaron Smith. The 40-year-old has been missing since Saturday when the boat he was in collided with another boat during a bass fishing tournament. Two other men were injured in the accident. Tommy Hines remains in critical condition at Covenant Hospital. James Bradley Snyder was treated and released from University Medical Center.

Meanwhile, the Seagraves Community held Tuesday night for Aaron Smith. NewsChannel 11 spent the day in Seagraves speaking with family and community members.

As the search continues for Aaron Smith, his family has spent the past few days at Lake Alan Henry hoping to hear word about their father. Though tired and discouraged, they say with the help of the Seagraves community faith is the one thing they haven't lost.

"Heartbroken," Karen Smith, one of Aaron's six children, describes the emotional battle her family is fighting. "I want to go out there but there's nothing we can do," she explains.

Feeling helpless, Karen tries to keep a positive outlook on the situation, she recalls memories of her father sharing his love for the outdoors with his children. "We went camping all the time. He loved to fish but I never thought this would happen to us," reveals Karen.

"This is a small community so everybody knows everybody, when something happens to someone in the community it hurts everybody," says Sonya Anderson, a member of First Baptist Church in Seagraves. She says the congregation has started a prayer chain throughout the community, keeping the family in their thoughts. "That's what our church is all about, they don't expect anything less than a miracle. We just want the family to know that they're all in our prayers and we're keeping them in our heart," she adds.

"It's been a struggle but we've been making it through the prayers, we're making it. Only God knows what's next, we're just waiting," says Karen.

The Smith family will be returning to Lake Alan Henry tonight to check on the progress of the search.

4/25/05
Search Continues at Lake Alan Henry
Parts of Lake Alan Henry are 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.

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