Crews continue search for two missing brothers on Pickwick Lake

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FLORENCE, Ala. – Wednesday marked day eight in the search for two brothers who went missing on Pickwick Lake in the Shoals.

An exhaustive operation, search crews continue to use sonar and air support to comb over miles of shoreline and waterway. A single fire boat sat docked at McFarland Park at noon, a pit stop to eat before heading back out on the water.

They are one of many crews searching the Tennessee River for Jeremiah and Jacob Sanders. Lots of man hours have passed since the brothers were reported missing. The length of the mission is forcing EMA officials to closely monitor the men and women helping in the search.

“Those that are immediately responsible out there for the search operation are in constant contact with them. We are trying to resource them with what’s needed,” Lauderdale County EMA Director George Grabryan explained.

Despite the mental and physical fatigue, EMA officials say they are determined to help bring closure to the family who has been on the banks of the Tennessee River since the brothers were reported missing.

“The family fortunately has a good group of people around them,” said Grabryan. “They have had a lot of people who have assisted them. It’s been about as good as it could be, I suppose.”

Search operations on Pickwick Lake will resume Thursday morning, but will stop when predicted storms move in.

EMA officials also ask boaters to keep a close eye on their surroundings while on the lake and call 911 if they spot anything out of the ordinary.