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<H1>:angel prayers for the family....</H1><H1></H1><H1>Authorities: Hunters likely drowned but search will continue with public's help</H1><H4>By Craig Myers </H4><H5>December 16, 2009, 6:32PM</H5><SPAN style="DISPLAY: inline" class="mt-enclosure mt-enclosure-photo"><SPAN class="photo-breakout photo-right small">
<SPAN class=caption>A searcher launches his boat on the Tensaw River last week. Authorities are continuing to search for two missing hunters but acknowledged they are likely dead. BAY MINETTE, Ala. -- Authorities have acknowledged two hunters missing for 1½ weeks in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta are likely dead and asked for the public's help in finding their bodies.



"Due to the amount of time passed since the men went missing, there is the great possibility and realization they may have drowned," Matt Burton, spokesman for the North Baldwin Sheriff's Search and Rescue squad said in a written statement.

Alan Clemmons, 29, and Jason Brown, 23, both from the Hurricane Bayou community of northwest Baldwin County, were last seen about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Gravine Island on the Tensaw River. They had left about 12:30 p.m. that day to go squirrel hunting and planned to return that evening, according to reports. <DIV style="TEXT-ALIGN: left; PADDING-BOTTOM: 10px; BACKGROUND-COLOR: khaki; MARGIN: 10px; PADDING-LEFT: 10px; WIDTH: 250px; PADDING-RIGHT: 10px; FLOAT: right; FONT-SIZE: 12px; PADDING-TOP: 10px"><P align=center><B style="COLOR: blue">DONATIONS SOUGHT[/B]

Area Regions Banks are accepting contributions to the "Clemmons-Brown Fund" for the cost of the search, officials said.

And the American Red Cross is asking for donations for the cost of feeding searchers.

Red Cross donations can be made online by logging on to www.redcrossalcoast.orgor by calling 251-436-7907. Checks can be made payable to ARC Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter and mailed to P.O. Box 1764, Mobile, AL 36633. </DIV>

Their canoe was found at Cloverleaf Landing, nearly two miles south of the island, about 5 p.m. Dec. 6, containing guns, an empty ice chest and a small amount of river water, authorities said, and two paddles were later found and identified as belonging to the men.

The official search continued this week, hampered by fog, rain and debris. But the number of searchers and boats had increased today, Burton said by phone.

"We haven't had any new developments. We are still working on this search. The weather was good today," he said.

The focus has been expanded to include Mobile Bay.

The Alabama Marine Police and other search organizations involved asked all boaters and coastal residents to be on the lookout for signs of the men in Mobile Bay-area waters.

Burton said the search will continue this morning at the ChocolattaBay boat launch on the Causeway. Burton said volunteers are welcome but must wear personal flotation devices.

The effort will continue through this weekend and then "we will reevaluate," Burton said.
 

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The OLE Worst Nightmare.

Hey just thought I'd update the situation on these guys.

I saw the other night on TV thatthe CGfound one of the guys 11 miles south of the Chandler Islands. Unfornately the outcome was not the best. At least one family can lay there loved to rest, and will answer alot of what ifs.

My prayers go out to all affected by this tradic accident.
 
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