Rescuers search for two missing fishermen at Belews Lake

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.

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