LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL- Authorities say a woman is dead, one boater still missing and several others injured after a pontoon boat was hit by a barge on Wilson Lake. A total of eight people were impacted in this incident.
Authorities say the accident happened around 10:15 p.m. Saturday night, one mile East of Wilson Dam.
The victims told police the pontoon boat stalled just before the barge hit it.
Crew members on the barge were able to rescue six victims who were transported to Shoals area hospitals.
According to Alabama Marine Police, one of the boaters was located after midnight and pronounced dead on the scene. She was identified as 79-year-old Catherine Ekholm.
The search continues for the remaining victim, 62-year-old Sid Elliott. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesperson Jonathan Appling tells WHNT News 19 the search will continue until Elliott is found.
Elliott's daughter who was also a passenger on the boat released a statement on behalf of her family:
'We are grateful for the staff of EMC for taking care of us," said Claudia Elliott. "We are asking for prayers, perseverance, and a successful search. We don't want to stop until Sid is found. We want to thank all the people that have helped in the search and thank everyone that has supported us at this time. This has been very humbling."
The victims rescued by the barge crew members were not thought to have serious injuries.
The U.S. Coast Guard will help with the investigation since a commercial vessel was involved.