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5/12/06-Lake Palestine

Game Wardens Search For Missing Fisherman In East Texas Lake

  The search for the body of a man believed to have drowned in an East Texas lake ended its first full day. Game Wardens from four East Texas counties are looking for 63-year-old Pete Phillips of Trinidad. He left his home early yesterday morning and his unoccupied boat was found by fisherman around 2:00 p.m. yesterday. It was near the Highway 155 bridge on Lake Palestine near the Smith and Henderson County line. Phillip's family says he came out yesterday to practice for Saturday Media Bass Fishing Tournament. Phillips' boat was found among tree stumps, which officials believe drifted there because of yesterday's strong winds. Rescue crews do not believe weather was a factor, but say a heart problem Phillips had may have caused Phillips to fall out of his boat. Four boats and a helicopter searched all day for his body.
  "We're talking about a vast area of water, surface acres, so cameras, we would really have to get lucky," said Smith County Game Warden, Chris Green. "Divers, it's not even a factor right now because we don't have a good location." Rescuers are asking anyone who may have seen Phillips fishing yesterday to call the Game Wardens, or Smith County Sheriff's Department. Phillips' boat is described as a 1987 Champion Model, that's metallic blue and gray colored. Rescuers will be back on the lake tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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