Missing Coahoma County fishermen found dead in lake

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UPDATE: The bodies of two fishermen who disappeared Friday afternoon on Moon Lake have been found, .

A family friend on the scene told WREG officials found them Sunday using sonar, and divers planned to pull them from the water Monday.

The Coahoma County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday both bodies have been recovered with the help of Coahoma County Search and Rescue, the Coahoma County Fire Department, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and other emergency agencies.

COAHOMA COUNTY, Miss. — Officials with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said they turned the search into a recovery effort Sunday.

Family of the men tell WREG the two fishermen work for the Moon River Fishing Co. and were fishing for Asian carp when their boat capsized.

Family and friends have identified them as Willie Pleas, 32, of Sunflower, Mississippi, and Sun (no last name given) of Indianola, Mississippi.

Crews pulled the boat from the water Sunday morning, but after two days, officials and loved ones say they don't expect to find the men alive.

"It's going to take a miracle," said Pleas' sister, Tamesa Pleas.

Family and friends of both men have been at Moon Lake since they got the news Friday, and say they say they will remain there until their loved ones are found.

"I will be out here every day until they bring my brother up out of that water," Pleas said.

Sun's family tells WREG they spent 12 hours searching for the men in private boats Friday night.

Crews with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the Coahoma County Sheriff's Office were forced to call off their initial searches because 30-mile-per-hour winds made it too dangerous to be on the water.

The men's loved ones say they're frustrated the search is taking so long.

"We're getting restless really, waiting on some answers," Pleas said.

A family friend of Sun's tells WREG that his mother hired a professional dive team to go into the lake Saturday, but was told by authorities that they would be arrested if they entered the lake.

Lt. Marion Pearson with the MDWFP says he understands the families' frustrations, but tells us authorities are doing everything they can to find their loved ones as quickly as possible.

He says it's too dangerous for divers to go into the lake until they can be sure all the netting from the fishing boat has been found, because the divers could get tangled up in it.

Once crews find the nets, divers will be allowed to begin their search.

Moon Lake is 2,200 acres and 28 feet deep in some areas.

Divers say once they are allowed to go in, it could take days or even a week to search the entire thing.

"Just pray for the family right now," Pleas said. "We need it, Lord knows we do."