Search continues for missing Lake Hartwell boater

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ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Tuesday marked day three of a search for a missing 26-year-old boater on Lake Hartwell.

Through horrible condition, the manpower and agencies involved in this search continues to grow as the first responders work to bring this beloved man home.

High winds caused choppy water making it difficult to get great sonar pictures on Tuesday. 

As crews worked through the storms, at times they were pulled from the lake because of close lightning strikes.

Multiple agencies and extra divers continued their effects in an area that is 100-150 feet deep.

“We can’t cover the entire shoreline of the lake, but we did look in the area,” Ray Lewis, a DNR investigator, said. “But as for searching the woods, we haven’t done that and until we have evidence that leads us in that direction, you know, we are focusing on a water borne search at this point in time.”

Emergency management officials told us they did put a request in to Georgia’s DNR to bring up their sonar equipment that is more high tech for deep lakes like this one.

But, due to the bad weather, it won’t be here until Friday.

DNR officials are not yet releasing the identity of the missing 26-year-old per the family’s request.

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