Boat found after Obion County students, chaperone reported missing on Pickwick Lake


Pickwick Lake (file photo)

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HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. — Rescue and search crews looking for two Obion County students and a chaperone who went missing over the weekend on Pickwick Lake have located their bass boat on the Tennessee River below the dam.

The search continues for the missing people.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency identified the missing as two 15-year-old boys and a 43-year-old man.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources agency said the three went out on the boat Saturday, but were not reported missing until about 9 p.m. Sunday.

The boat was located on Monday on the Tennessee River.

School officials were reportedly notified late Sunday evening that the three people did not return from the weekend trip.

Obion County Director of Schools Tim Watkins told news outlets that the three were part of a high school fishing team and had been on the water Saturday for a tournament.

“The boat which they were in was having engine problems before the start of the competition and did not leave the dock with the rest of the competitors,” Watkins said.

“It was believed that they had taken the boat out of the water and gone home,” Watkins said. “Evidently they decided to go ahead and try to compete.”

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