One dead, one alive after 16-hour search - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

One dead, one alive after 16-hour search

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - Mike Ammonds and Tommy Cook were on the lake, enjoying the sport they loved the most until their boat began to sink-at that point there was nothing they could do but wait.

"The family knew where their fishing spots were and were able to relay that information to the search and rescue," Trooper Jean Dark says.

While crews began to search the lake, Tommy and MIke did what they could to stay out of the frigid water, but as the daylight faded, so did their strength.

"He tried to get Tommie to get onto the boat and he was trying to pull him up but he couldn't hang on anymore,"James Ammons, Mike's son, says.  

After sixteen hours of searching and praying- a helicopter crew spotted a glimmer of home in the distance.

"They were able to identify what looked like blue jeans and of course immediately called for the boat assistance," Trooper Dark says.

Prayers were answered-Ammons was there, clinging to a stump.

"In East Texas we're so grateful to have the helicopter out of Longview. The aviation clearly made a huge difference in how this ended...at least for one family," Trooper Dark says.

And the sound of the helicopter was music to the Ammons' Family's ears.

"When I heard it I dropped to my knees, thanked God and then went and told the rest of my family," James says.

As they celebrated the rescue of one family member, tears fell for the other.

"We're happy for the Ammons family that Mike is doing okay and that's the way Tom would have wanted it," Vicki Helsel, Cook's cousin, says.

A bittersweet ending, but one that could have been much worse.

Copyright 2011 KLTV. All Rights Reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:14:50 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
  • Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:08:11 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
  • Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:43:21 GMT
    Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly