STOKESDALE, N.C. — Rescue crews are continuing to search for two fishermen Monday morning who went missing last Thursday at Belews Lake.
Virginia State Police arrived Monday morning at the Carolina Marina to help search for the missing boaters.
The missing men have been identified as Jacob Allen Line, 27, and 44-year-old James Pascual Bohenstiel, according to officials with Stokes County Emergency Services.
Rescuers from multiple agencies have been doing scuba, sonar radar and ground searches. The men are presumed to have drowned.
Officials say Virginia State Police, who just arrived Monday, have top-of-the-line sonar equipment, better for searching deeper areas of the lake.
Stokes County Emergency Services Director Greg Collins says someone has also offered to fly a private helicopter over the area Monday to help in the search.
Last week, a truck, boat trailer and boat were found and officials have determined that they all belong to the missing fishermen. Personal items, including clothing, were also found in the vicinity of the boat.
Rescuers are focusing their search on an area where the boat and personal items were found, according to Stokes County Emergency Services Director Greg Collins.
The area is known as a “hot hole” and 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 said they’ll keep the public away from “hot hole” and other areas as the search expands.
The command post for the search is at Carolina Marina, located at 548 Shelton Road in Stokesdale.