Search Continues For Missing Fisherman

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Simeon Gray (via Facebook w/permission)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Rescuers are still searching for 20-year-old Simeon Gray. He fell into the water below Wheeler Dam Wednesday night while fishing with a group of friends. While divers search the water for his body, his family maintains a vigil on the river bank praying for a miracle.

It was just supposed to be an evening of fishing on the river for Gray and some of his friends, but then tragedy struck. Just after 8 p.m., Gray decided he would cross a small bridge.

“Instead of walking across the bridge, he was going to try to make an effort of doing a hand over hand on the bridge pearlings under the bridge supports,” says Lawrence County Coroner Scott Norwood. He added, “From the information I gathered, along with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, he lost his grasp about halfway, fell into the water, and that’s when the current got him.”

His friends tried to help him out of the water, and at one point they had a hold on him. But, the current was just too strong and he slipped away. Although responders have now shifted from a search and rescue effort to one of recovery, Gray’s family maintains a vigil where he was last seen. They are praying for a miracle.

“It’s very hard. I’m here because I want to see my son’s remains,” Samual Gray told reporters. “I’m hoping and praying that they bring him back up alive. So there ain’t nothing I can really say, words can’t describe it.  You can’t describe it until you all been there, then you’ll know. So all I ask is that everybody pray for me, and pray for my family.”

The responders here say they’re going to bring in more equipment, more personnel. They say they’ll do everything they can to find Simeon Gray because they know that up here on the side of the lake, a family is waiting for news, any news at all.

–Al Whitaker