Search & Rescue

Christian Aid Ministries Search & Rescue Unit, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, ALEA Aviation and ALEA Marine Patrol have been working at the scene.

The search for a missing boater resumed this morning, which includes the use of a 360-degree imaging sonar provided by the Alexander City Rescue Squad.

The imaging sonar is placed on the bottom of the lake and gives a 360-degree image of the area, according to Sgt. Chad of the Alabama Law Enforcement Marine Patrol.

North Alabama Search Dog is also using cadaver dogs at the scene.

Kelsey Nicole Starling, 26, of Birmingham, was a passenger on a 2012 Mastercraft wakeboard boat involved in a two-vessel crash at approximately 10 p.m. the night of July 4 in the Rock Creek area of Smith Lake.

The driver of the boat, William Jackson Fite, 23, of Decatur, was charged with boating under the influence. Several other passengers were treated for injuries.

ALEA Aviation conducted an aerial search this morning and will do the same this evening. Smith Lake Task Force, Winston County EMA and ALEA Marine Patrol Division are assisting in the search efforts, Pate said.

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