Dec 14, 2013 8:39 PM
Search and rescue crews spent Saturday on the Green River in Taylor County looking for two duck hunters who went missing sometime Friday. After hours of searching, crews found one of the missing men dead Saturday afternoon in Green County, but the search continues for the second man.
The search began Friday night after family members reported that they hadn't heard from the two men since earlier that day when they put their boat in the water of the Green River.
"Shortly before 12 last night we discovered their boat about 14 miles down stream near the Taylor/Green County lines in the river and of course it was unoccupied," said Ronnie Dooley from Taylor County Search and Rescue.
Crews began searching that area where the boat was found at daylight, looking for the missing men.
"They were experienced duck hunters, not the first time they had hunted this area and done it multiple times. They were prepared for any emergency that might come their way, so we are not really sure what has happened at this point," said Dooley.
Mother nature was making things a little more difficult. The water is not only higher than it normally is, but it is moving faster.
"The high water and mud kind of creates more trouble where we can't look around the bank and walk the banks," said Dooley.
Despite those challenges, crews from at least 3 different counties helped with the search to bring closure to the families of the hunters.
"Keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. They are no doubt going through an emotional time," said Dooley.
Dooley identified the missing man found dead as Harold Wethington, 77 years-old of Liberty.
The Green County coroner tells LEX 18 Wethington's body was found in the river around 4 Saturday afternoon, about 5 miles from Greensburg.
Crews suspended their search for the second hunter Saturday night, but will resume operations Sunday morning.