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Rescuers search for two missing fishermen at Belews Lake

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STOKESDALE, N.C. -- Rescuers will continue their search for two missing fishermen at Belews Lake Saturday morning at 7 a.m. Wind, rain and nightfall make conditions too dangerous for rescue crews to continue Friday night.

The two Kernersville men, who are between the ages of 27 and 30, left to go on a fishing trip around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

"Every boat that you see come around the corner you hope they find them, expecting the worst hoping for the best," said Travis Mabe, a fishing buddy of one of the missing fishermen.

A family member reported the men missing around 6 p.m. Thursday. Rescuers and rescuers from multiple agencies have been doing scuba, sonar radar and ground searches in hopes of locating the two men.

Their identities have not been released, but their families are on the scene.

A truck, boat trailer and boat were found and officials have determined that they belong to the missing fishermen.

Personal items, including clothing, were also found in the vicinity of the boat.

According to Stokes County Emergency Services Director Greg Collins, rescuers are focusing their search in an area where the boat and personal items were found.

There area, known as a “hot hole” is near the Duke Power Steam Station where hot water comes out of the station and into the lake. Much of the lake remains open but rescue leaders say they’ll keep the public away from “hot hole” and other areas as the search expands Saturday.

The command post for the search is at Carolina Marina, located at 548 Shelton Road in Stokesdale.


    • Raven Youngblood

      At this point does age really matter?

      What should matter is you can’t spell, and you can’t read a news report and understand it.

      The two Kernersville men, who are between the ages of 27 and 30, left to go on a fishing trip around 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

      You must be a high school drop-out….

  • news2me

    If you are a child as your comments would suggest, you really need to ask your MOM or your teacher how to comment on a story as sad as this one.

    If you are an adult, you should be very ashamed and learn to show respect. There is a time for your comments about safety, but not now.

    When a tragedy such as this happens, speak to the devastated family and friends and let them know that you care.

    • Iama Retiree

      @news2me – Take a look @ Jerk Raven’s Facebook page – I hardly think he is a child (or atleast he does not portray himself to be one) It appears he is trying to be a man, but according to his arrogant remarks here, he is a long way from attaining that goal ! Let me know once you look at the Facebook page …..

  • Melissa T.

    Raven Youngblood is an arrogant jerk.
    While the families wait lakeside for rescuers to pull their loved ones bodies from the water just imagine the pain they experience.
    Some egos can’t do empathy.

  • DWade

    Have fished that exact spot a ton. I’m hoping somehow they had some unexpected boat problem/issue and tried to walk out. Prayers for the young men and families.

  • Juston Schultz

    Its hard for me to wrap my head around this.. This really hits home. I use to play baseball with one these guys. I pray like crazy that both young men are found and that they are safe.

  • Triple Aught


    The story reads that a truck, a boat trailer and a BOAT were found.
    It does not say if the BOAT was on the trailer,
    or was it in the water…?
    (this news forum is a Click Site, but still not as buggy as wxii or wfmy).
    I counted over 60 trackers on xii alone…and that was on one page…!

    I do hope this turns out good.
    We all need some Good.

    There is far too much,”Bad”, happening.

    *** Please leave Raven and FaithC alone.
    Give them some time, allow them to learn.
    If they post offensively, pay it no mind.

    Remember the,”Thing”, that drug the paraplegic for 3 miles?
    I remember some very unsavory comments left on that one…
    It made me mad, but it did not change,”some”, from being inhumane and unfeeling with their comments.
    Even though the victims Daughter was posting here as well.

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