UPDATE: Search crews find one fisherman alive, second dead

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:44pm

Lake Palestine — Noonday fire officials confirm one fisherman has been found alive, the other dead.

The deceased man has been identified as 65-year old Tommy Cook.

A DPS helicopter search was able to spot a man, Mike Hammond, alive, clinging to a stump. Crews responded and pulled him from the water.

Hammond has been taken to a local hospital. His condition is unknown.

KETK will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Lake Palestine — Officials and family members confirm one of the missing fishermen is Tommy Cook.

The identity of the second missing person has not been identified.


The Smith County Game Warden tells KFXK, recovery efforts are underway this morning after two fishermen went missing Wednesday evening.

Officials are launching boats to continue their search this morning. DPS helicopters will be joining them shortly.

They have staged their recovery efforts at the Villages Marina on Lake Palestine.

The names of the fishermen are not being released, pending notification of family.

The Noonday fire department tells KFXK they are searching for two fishermen who went missing around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The two men had been fishing Wednesday on Lake Palestine near the Villages Marina.

Rescue crews will remain on scene throughout the morning.

KFXK will bring you more information as it becomes available.


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