Body of Missing Boater Found in SML

UPDATE: Smith Mountain Lake, VA- The body of a missing Vinton man has been found in Smith Mountain Lake, according to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.73-year-old Ronald Lemons had been missing since the bass boat he was on collided with a Chris Craft cruiser boat a week ago. Crews located both boats using a specialized side scan sonar unit Friday night according to Sgt. Bryan Young with DGIF. Divers searched the area Saturday morning and located both boats and Lemons' body around 1 p.m.Sgt. Young says Lemons' body was recovered from the water and taken to the Medical Examiner's Office. He says they also removed electronics and other pieces of evidence from the boats. -----------------------------------------UPDATE: Conservation Police plan to be out on Smith Mountain Lake until 11 Friday night searching for missing boater Ronnie Lemons.The 73 year old Vinton man has been missing since a boat crash last Thursday night.Conservation Police said they didn't find anything Thursday searching the area where Lemons' friends spotted what they thought could be the two sunken boats using fishing SONAR.Officers did pick up another possible target.-----Smith Mountain Lake, VA - Friends of missing boater Ronald Lemons spotted what they believe could be two sunken boats in Smith Mountain Lake.Phillip VanDerVeer was part of a search party on the lake Wednesday. VanDerVeer said his group captured an image of what could be the sunken boats about 100 yards from marker R-4. The boat crash last Thursday happened in that area.Sgt. Bryan Young with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said a fire boat spotted something similar in the same area in an earlier search, but was unable to mark the area. Young said Conservation Police will search the area starting around 6 p.m. Thursday, when boat traffic is lighter. They hope to verify what is seen in the imageLemonss, 73, has been missing since Conservation Police say the bass boat he was on collided with a Chris Craft cruiser boat a week ago.
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