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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - The search continued Monday for two fishermen who were reported missing last Wednesday.

Their boat was recovered early Thursday morning. The search has been deemed a recovery mission ever since.

Monday's efforts concluded at 5 p.m., due to the lack of sunlight. Even though nothing was found today, the Lauderdale County EMA insists their search will continue. "We would really like to provide some closure for this family and return their loved ones to them, that's really our goal here, but we just need to do it as safely as possible," says Tim Greer, Deputy Director of Lauderdale Co. EMA.

Saturday, cadaver dogs hit on two possible areas near Wilson Dam, where the brothers may be located. That's where the search was focused again Monday. "We had worked with TVA to slow the flow down instead of completely stopping it but just hadn't had any real good results yet," says Greer.

He says between the proximity to the dam, rocks and debris on the river's floor and strong wind, a hard job has been made that much more difficult. "We're fairly confident, but you know, with each passing day, that's gonna change. Eventually, they're going to start moving with the current and we're just having to get ahead of that," he said.

As for what comes next in this recovery mission, officials say they plan to regroup Monday evening and come up with a plan for the coming days.

Meanwhile, friends and family were back out at McFarland Park, praying the process will soon be over.

Jacob and Jeremiah's aunt says they've set up a GoFundMe page to benefit Jeremiah's wife.

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