Father missing after canoe capsizes on Percy Priest Lake

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) – The search for a 36-year-old man who went missing while canoeing on Percy Priest Lake Saturday continued for much of the day Sunday.

The man, identified as Jeremy Cross, was reportedly boating with his 10-year-old son and a family friend when the trio encountered extremely high winds and waves near Hole in the Wall Island.PHOTOS: Father missing on Percy Priest Lake

The group, who had been out in a canoe and kayak, tethered the kayak to the canoe and attempted to reach land together in the canoe, according to the Nashville Fire Department.

After high winds capsized the canoe, the boy and family friend were able to make it to land safely. They last saw Cross clinging to the upturned canoe while attempting to put on a life vest.

The boy and friend were rescued an hour later by a passing fishing boat.

The rescue effort began around 7 p.m. Saturday night.

Two boats from the Office of Emergency Management, one boat from the Nashville Fire Department, one boat from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Metro Police’s Air 1 helicopter all assisted in the search.

Thermal imaging, sonar and search and rescue dogs were utilized in the search.

Due to increasing winds and dangerous conditions on the water, the search was called off around midnight before Cross could be found.

“We’re just trying to do everything we can,” Kaleb Stratton with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family for sure. It’s hard on them right now. They’re doing as good as could be expected. I’ve spoke with them this morning. They’re wanting to help. It’s a helpless feeling I know just sitting out there on the bank and waiting and watching everybody work.”

The search resumed at the Anderson Road recreation area Sunday morning and wrapped up around 5 p.m.

Crews are expected to regroup on Monday at 9 a.m. with boats and helicopters.

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