Third day of search efforts end with no sightings of missing man on South Holston Lake


Despite a third day of intense search efforts for a man missing at South Holston lake, there's still no sign of him.

Matt Ragan of Bristol has been missing since Thursday.

Crews are focusing the search near the 421 bridge.

The mild weather lately has attracted more than the usual winter sportsmen to the area, but we found out, actually the hazard of cold is still here.

Crews are continuing the search for 41-year-old Matt Ragan of Bristol, Tennessee. His family reporting he was dropped off Thursday to set up a camp and fish. As rescuers use sonar detectors and underwater cameras, they say Ragan was believed to be an experienced outdoorsman. And he was among many taking advantage of this mild winter. Our Storm Track 5 meteorologists say so far, February has had 10 days above average temperatures, two breaking the record high, including Sunday with a high of 74, breaking a 79-year record. But, water temperatures here are still only about 45 degrees and could've posed a huge risk if Ragan got in the water.

"If you're out swimming in it or floating in it, it would just be depending on what you're wearing. You could easily develop hypothermia in less than an hour," EMA Director Jim Bean said. As rescuers warn of the dangers of water in the winter, the search continues for Ragan....

"We're just still trying to find anything we can or the individual himself," TWRA Wildlife Officer Ryan Rosier said.

A canoe was found not far from Ragan's campsite.

And one thing that's hampering the search is the depth of the lake in that area.

Crews will begin searching again Tuesday at 10 am.

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