Hunter Still Missing On Lake Seminole

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Update 7:51a.m 12-29

From WALB:


Search and rescue teams in Florida stayed busy Christmas Day and were back on the waters Saturday searching for a missing Albany man, 34-year-old John Slappey.

They've been searching for almost seven days.

On Sunday Slappey was sucked over a spillway at the Jim Woodruff Dam while duck hunting on Lake Seminole.

Law officers and volunteer crews from several different Florida and Alabama agencies scanned the Apalachicola River for Slappey's body.

Because the water is so cold and turbulent they expect the search to go on another couple of days.

A celebration of life service scheduled for Slappey Saturday afternoon at the First Methodist Church of Albany.
FWC Press Release:

The search is continuing for an Albany, Ga. man who was swept through a lock at the Jim Woodruff Dam on Sunday and disappeared in the rain-soaked and swollen Apalachicola River.

Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) say John Mark Slappey, 34, was duck hunting in Lake Seminole from a float tube when he drifted toward the dam. His half-brother Andrew Dismuke, 25, also of Albany, dropped off Slappey in the float tube about 800 yards north of the dam just before 12:40 p.m. EST. Dismuke headed up the lake in his boat to scare up ducks and run them by Slappey.

"Workers at the dam saw Slappey headed toward the dam’s open locks and knew he was in trouble,” said FWC Lt. Scott Pearce. “They threw him a life ring and tried to pull him to safety but he apparently lost his grasp.”

A number of agencies, search-and-rescue personnel and volunteers were at the scene on Monday. They included the FWC, Chattahoochee Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Wewahitchka Search and Rescue and Bay County Search and Rescue.

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