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 continued Tuesday for missing boater from a July 4 crash that left several others injured.

An update on the search for the Birmingham-area woman, Kelsey Nicole Starling, 26, originally of Troy, reported that Christian Aid Ministries SAR Unit was still using sonar in attempt to identify objects on the bottom of the Rock Creek area of Smith Lake. She was a passenger in a 2012 Mastercraft wakeboard boat involved in the two-vessel crash at approximately 10 p.m. Thursday night.

Searchers will be back on water Wednesday.

The driver of the boat, William Jackson Fite, 23, of Decatur, was charged with boating under the influence.

"Divers are on scene to dive on targets that can’t be ruled out with sonar," according to Sgt. Chad Pate, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency-Marine Patrol assistant commander for the Northern District

He also said ALEA Aviation pilots flew over the area Tuesday morning in an aerial, while the agency's Marine patrol boats continue to search the area.

Several other agencies are involved in the search.

Four other passengers on the Mastercraft were transported for medical attention by emergency responders the night of the accident.

Search crews stopped at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with plans to resume this Wednesday morning.

A second two-vessel crash occurred on July 2 and left a 12-year-old from Mississippi dead and two others injured.

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