HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The search has been suspended for two Obion County high school students and a chaperone reported missing on Pickwick Lake in Hardin County over the weekend after a fishing competition.
A spokesperson with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said search efforts were put on hold Monday evening due to “hazardous water conditions,” but would resume Tuesday morning.
Two, 15-year-old Obion County students and one of their fathers, a chaperone, were reported missing around 9 p.m. Sunday night, more than 24 hours after they were last seen in the area of Pickwick Lake by fellow competitors.
According to Tim Watkins, the Director of Schools for Obion County, the trio’s 20-foot bass boat was having engine trouble before the start of the fishing competition and they did not leave the dock with the rest of the competitors. It was believed they took the boat out of the water and went home, but it was later determined they went ahead and attempted to compete.
School officials were notified late Sunday that the three never returned home and a search was being conducted, Watkins explained.
“I ask everyone to pray that these students and the parent are found safely,” Watkins said in a statement to News 2. “I also ask for prayers for their families and the students and staff of Obion County Schools in the time of uncertainty.”
Multiple agencies are involved in the search efforts, including the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
“What we do know is they were last seen at about 6:45 p.m. on Saturday evening,” explained Amy Spencer with TWRA. “We did not get a call that someone was missing until Sunday at approximately 9 p.m., so we’ve got a lapse of about 24 hours of them being missing.”
Their extensively damaged bass boat was found unoccupied Monday morning on the Tennessee River below the dam near Savannah, Spencer said.
While the TWRA is grateful for the outpouring of assistance, Spencer asked that due to the dangerous conditions of the river, “volunteers please leave the search to the professionals.”
The search is expected to resume Tuesday morning.
A vigil was held on Monday night at Obion County High School for the missing fishermen.
This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.